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 809,868 hens rehomed so far

Helping Hens Since 2005

so far we have rehomed hens

The Avian Influenza, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent 3rd nationwide lockdown on January 5, 2021 have brought our rehoming efforts to a halt. Whilst we would like to be able to continue to rehome hens, at this time we have to act to protect our staff, volunteers and adopters alike — strictly within both the COVID-19 and DEFRA lockdown restrictions.

Once we are able to start rehoming again you’ll be the first to know. Watch this page! In the meantime if you’d like to support the BHWT then please visit our Get Involved section of our website to learn how you can help.

AVIAN INFLUENZA UPDATE, 07/12/2020
From 14th December 2020 a housing order comes into force across the UK. All poultry will need to be kept under cover, away from wild birds from that date until further government advice.

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.
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hens rehomed every rehoming weekend
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hens have been rehomed by the BHWT since 2005
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BHWT hens enjoy a free-range retirement yearly
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people discover the joys of hen keeping every year
Demelza
"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!"
Kentucky
"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!"
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