Our dream is a future where all commercial laying hens are kept in small free-range flocks, so they can live a lovely life outdoors

We also help people experience the joys of keeping hens as pets through our hen rehoming scheme


We are currently receiving unprecedented interest in the adoption of our hens but are now unable to carry out any hen collections or rehomings until the Covid-19 outbreak has passed.

In addition, due to the current restrictions, all BHWT colleagues are working remotely from home. As a result, we are unable to take phone calls and are fielding incoming enquiries using the following email addresses.

If you already have hens and need to order feed or bedding for your girls, we are still selling these items through our online shop. Doing your shopping through us will help to support the charity at this very difficult time and will enable us to continue helping more hens in the future. You can visit our shop by clicking here. 

Unfortunately we are unable to take any Smallholder Range feed orders until Monday, 30th March due to unprecedented demand. Please don’t call the BHWT or call the Smallholder Range, the staff there are working flat out to ensure they do not let anyone down, but need a few days to catch up with outstanding orders already placed. From Monday, we will be taking limited orders – a maximum of 30 per day – so please bear with us as we know the staff at Smallholder Range are as keen as we are to help fulfil all orders.

The safety and welfare of our beloved hens is, as always, a priority and we are advising all hen owners to take extra precautions. We have unfortunately been hearing anecdotal evidence of hens being stolen from their coops due to these unprecedented circumstances. Please be vigilant with your security and keep a close eye on your flock to keep them safe.

We are thinking of all those affected by Covid-19 and those working hard to keep people safe and well.

"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 BHWT

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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