Christmas Appeal 2021

At Christmas, we all want to do
something for those in our hearts.
This year, make a difference to the
hens that need your help the most.
At Christmas, we all want to do something for those in our hearts.
This year, make a difference to the hens that need your help the most.
At Christmas, we all want to do
something for those in our hearts.
This year, make a difference to the
hens that need your help the most.

A huge thank you to everyone that's donated to our Christmas appeal, this will help ensure that all our poorly carers have the right equipment and access to hen-friendly vets to help them treat hens in need of extra care.

Anonymous

£12.67 3rd December, 2021

Clare Radford

£12.67 3rd December, 2021

Rowena Woolner

£12.67 3rd December, 2021

Will you help a poorly hen this Christmas?

 As a supporter of the BHWT, you’re united with us in our mission to help every hen we can reach. To us, all hens deserve the chance at a new life once their commercial laying days are over and from the moment we collect them from farms, it’s our responsibility to help them no matter what.

Our time with these girls is usually very brief. We transport them to our rehoming points and make them comfortable with food and bedding as they wait for their new families to collect them. Whilst with us, we give them a health check to assess their weight and ensure they have no visible signs of injury or ill health. If we have any concerns about a hen’s health, we’ll give her special care until she’s well and ready to be adopted.
Hen husbandry has hugely improved over the past 16 years. Nevertheless, it’s inevitable that some hens reach us with health issues such as bumblefoot, egg peritonitis and peck injuries. Hens like Snowy who arrived at our York rehoming point with a damaged wing, needing urgent attention.
Snowy

Each of our rehoming teams have volunteers that are experienced in caring for hens with health problems, we call them our poorly carers. With knowledge, commitment and space, our poorly carers know how to help with all sorts of conditions, but sometimes extra help is needed from vets experienced in hen welfare.

Whilst many of these hens go on to live happy lives in their new homes once they’ve recovered, some need ongoing care and remain with carers. Snowy’s wing injury was touch and go but was successfully treated by a vet and she now lives a good life as part of her carer’s flock. Just like any other pet in need of care, we never give up on a hen and do all we can to secure them a happy future.

Will you help them too?

With your support, we can make sure that all our poorly carers have the right equipment and access to hen-friendly vets to help them treat hens in need of extra care:
Whatever you can spare will make a huge difference. Supporting us with a monthly gift by Direct Debit gives us the continued help we need to care for poorly hens. It also gives you the reassurance that we can carry on doing this vital work.

Warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Jane Howorth, MBE
Founder, British Hen Welfare Trust

Jane Howorth Signature

Pickle’s story

Pickle came into my care because she had a broken leg. The break was at the top of her leg and although tricky, a vet was able to splint it. I created a frame for her and sewed a sling to support her. I had some painkillers from the vet and made sure she had lots of good food to help build her bones. Pickle lived in our conservatory whilst she got better with a variety of food and drink within beaking distance. Her leg did heal and although she walked with a limp, she didn’t let it stop her getting the life she deserved. The first time I saw her scratching the ground with the poorly leg was so special, she got to be the chicken she always should have been

Amy Hamilton, BHWT poorly carer

Peggy's story

I’ve cared for multiple poorly hens over the last 13 years and I guess Peggy is one that will forever stand out. She was the first girl I looked after with a broken leg and she has remained.
Girls with broken legs need to be kept separate day and night so they are not disadvantaged or further injured by quicker, healthy and more agile birds. They need pain relief twice a day, their own shelter, feeder and drinker handily placed.
I have worked very closely with my vet over the years to develop my knowledge but there are often cases that need to be referred.

Gillian Osborne, BHWT poorly carer
With your support, we can make sure that all our poorly carers have the right equipment and access to hen-friendly vets to help them treat hens in need of extra care.
Whatever you can spare will make a huge difference.
Zoe Hale Hens

Don’t want to donate online? Please make cheques payable to British Hen Welfare Trust and send to Hope Chapel, Rose Ash, South Molton, Devon, EX36 4RF. Or give our fundraising team a call on 01884 860084 and we’ll happily take your donation over the phone.

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