We believe all laying hens deserve space to range while enjoying fresh air and sunshine, with the opportunity to lay an egg in a nest.
Helping hens since 2005 with over 800,000 hens rehomed so far

Helping Hens Since 2005

so far we have rehomed hens

In response to the heightened risk of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza, an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared in England, Scotland and Wales.
Since 2005, the British Hen Welfare Trust has been saving and rehoming commercial laying hens throughout the United Kingdom. Working closely with leaders in the egg industry, the BHWT designed and developed the existing rehoming model, and to date we have rehomed over eight hundred thousand hens.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown have created a huge surge in demand for ex-commercial laying hens, and the BHWT has risen to the task, responding safely, compassionately, and efficiently. We have implemented a COVID-19 “safe” CLUCK & COLLECT rehoming process which ensures the safety of our volunteers, our staff and our rehomers, whilst allowing us to save hens and place them into hen-friendly homes once again. Our nationwide network of pop-up rehoming locations are now open and our hundreds-strong volunteer team is fully engaged, rehoming thousands of hens each rehoming weekend.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made us reflect on what’s important; slowing down and returning to a more grounded, healthier lifestyle. And so it follows that hen-keeping has once again been embraced by the nation — not only for its benefits of providing a delicious breakfast — but also for promoting a sense of wellbeing, relieving daily stressors and providing hours of endless entertainment. Hens really are the pet that gives back.
Approx. 2,500 hens rehomed by the BHWT every rehoming weekend
Since 2005, 800,000 hens have been rehomed by the BHWT
Approx. 60,000+ BHWT hens now enjoy a free-range retirement each year
12,000 people discover the joys of hen keeping every year
"In summer Demelza enjoys sunbathing in the morning sun, returning to the shade as it gets warmer. She often indulges in a quick snooze, but makes sure to lie on her corn to stop not only the other hens, but also the colony of sparrows that live in the rafters of our cottage from helping themselves to a snack. She certainly seems to be enjoying her retirement!"
"She’s been part of the family for three years, along with up to nine other girls. She has a big personality and when treats are scattered she prefers chasing the others away rather than eating. She behaves like a dog, following humans and chasing our cats around the garden. Being nosy, a vantage point like the bird bath is perfect."
The girls
"The ladies enjoying a stroll in the garden. They are now all fully feathered and quite tame. We have daily snuggles, though some are more affectionate than others. My cat has resigned herself to the fact that these are the new ladies of the house, and garden, and that she must keep well out of their way!"

Get involved with the British Hen Welfare Trust

Our volunteers are one of the most vital parts of the charity, generously donating their time and energy.
If you would like to be involved in our work, there are lots of ways your help can really make a difference and we would love to hear from you.

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