Have you ever wondered what that small bump is at the base of your hen’s tail? That would be the Uropygial Gland! The Uropygial Gland is more commonly known as the ‘oil gland’ or the ‘preen gland’ and it plays an important role in helping your hen to keep her feathers waterproof and in good condition.
Here you’ll find hen health tips from our resident vet nurse Gaynor Davies as well as our latest news, be it feathery or fundraising-related. Enjoy!
Ruth Burroughs is one of our volunteers at Team Cornwall. She’s been with us for over six years now and kindly helps out by taking care of some of the poorly hens that we sometimes find when we collect hens from the farm. This month we spoke to her about a particularly poorly hen she connected with — a hen called Jan.
Last month we were contacted by Becky Griffiths, a long-standing supporter of the BHWT. She brought news of her daughter, Lucy, who had set up a JustGiving page to fundraise for the BHWT by spending a night in the bath! We just had to get in touch and find out how she did! Looking at her page, Lucy reveals “Next Wednesday I am going to sleep in the bath for British Hen Welfare Trust because my discomfort will be nothing to a hen’s life” and boy did she do well!
Whenever we talk about collecting eggs from our hens, we talk about whether they have slowed down laying, maybe the eggs are becoming bigger or less-stable shell-wise. But do you keep track of the number of eggs your hens lay? One of our supporters, Alistair, tells us that he actually numbers his eggs and that his hens have just hit the 1000th egg milestone! We chatted with Alistair about one of his hens, Higgledy-Piggledy, who laid the 1000th egg! Here’s what he has to tell us once we got down to the bottom of it all!
Ever wondered about the colour of your hen’s eggs? And we’re not talking about the old wives’ tales – we’re talking about the history of the brown egg and what influenced the colour to be the most predominant.
From our recent Christmas fundraising campaign, we learned that you care most about hen welfare and our work driving its awareness, and we’ve taken that to heart. In our most recent edition of Chicken & Egg, we outlined our latest campaign, Size Matters, what it’s all about and why we’re encouraging consumers to purchase mixed weight and medium eggs rather than large and extra-large.
In December 2020 Avian Influenza outbreak a nationwide housing order. Now we want to know when we can let our chickens out safely. This article explains all!
Did you know that over 50% of eggs laid in the UK, and most likely the rest of the world, are either large or EXTRA LARGE? Think about the hen that has to lay that! We look at how large eggs can affect hen’s health and why we consumers are obsessed with large eggs in our shopping basket.
Jane has been volunteering for the BHWT Cambridge team since 2014. Before her volunteering began she had previously adopted hens from the charity but knew she was destined to do more.