COVID-19 November 2020 Update


Just a quick update from Hen Central now that we have learned more from the Government as to how the national restrictions will affect us and the work we do.

As required by law, and effective immediately, we cannot host any rehoming events until the national restrictions are lifted – hopefully early December. Therefore, any scheduled rehoming events are now on hold.

However, you can still apply to rehome hens, and once we are able to restart operations you will be notified where and when hens will be available. We cannot wait to get back to rehoming hens!

For us, like many of you, Covid-19, the lockdown and now the new national restrictions have created chaos in our lives and livelihoods. The uncertainty of the future looms large for many, and we feel it too. A lot of the vital programmes we’ve been developing have been set aside this year as we’ve struggled to save hens from slaughter and rehome them. That has been our focus and our priority.

It has not been easy for any of us, and we see the heroic efforts put forth within our communities and volunteers every day, to find homes for these hens. However, this is not sustainable without your help. If you’re able to help us and our work there are a couple of ways to support the BHWT through this challenging time, either by making a donation or purchasing items through our online store.

In the coming weeks we hope to have good news to share with you about restarting hen rehoming — this year we have managed to rehome over 55,000 which is pretty amazing considering the circumstances – and we hope you all stay safe and well until then. We will be posting any updates on our website and social media, and invite you to follow us as we navigate this together.


We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our entire BHWT family. We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and, if we are able to continue rehoming hens, it will be under the strictest of conditions. We will have the safety of our staff, volunteers and rehomers at the forefront of our minds throughout and will work within the legally bound requirements of the lockdown regulations.

The BHWT has rehomed more than 54,000 hens so far this year, and we hope for a very busy and life-saving December.


On Wednesday, the government will vote on the lockdown motion. We will be in touch on Thursday and Friday this week regarding further November rehomings. To avoid overwhelming our phone lines, please do not contact the office; we will email you regarding your booked hens as soon as we have government confirmation on the lockdown.

If the later November rehomings are put on hold, or rescheduled, all of our rehomers will be placed on a waiting list and will be first in line to help the next flock of lucky hens to come out of their cages.


In light of the latest news, the Devon rehomings for the 7th and 14th of November are being brought forward to Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th November.

The situation is changing, we will know more after Wednesday as to whether or not we can proceed with rehomings later in November. We appreciate your patience and continued support.


With lockdown looming this coming Thursday, November 5th, 2020, many of you have questions about if we will be able to continue to rehome hens. The British Hen Welfare Trust leadership team will be meeting first thing Monday, November 2nd, 2020 to assess the new rules and make decisions as to what we can and can’t do under these new restrictions. As soon as we know anything more we will be in touch to let you know.

Thanks so much for your patience as we figure out the best and safest way forward for all of us.