Jimmy Doherty is a huge supporter of the charity and we are so grateful to the help he has given us in raising awareness of hen welfare.
In 2010 he sought to reveal the hidden lives of farmyard animals. The programme, The Private Life of Chickens was filmed at the British Hen Welfare Trust’s Devon Headquarters and sought to find out what goes on behind the hen-house door by carrying out a series of experiments and observatio
ns to understand the behaviour and psychology of chickens.
Jimmy asked what really goes on inside the brain of a chicken and how chickens decide the pecking order. He also tried to find answers to questions such as how do chickens communicate with their chicks? How can chickens look in two directions at once? And can hens really change sex?
The British Hen Welfare Trust’s Founder, Jane Howorth, was featured in the programme. The BBC approached her back in October 2009 to ask her whether she would be willing to be involved. She said: “We were delighted to be approached by the BBC to help make this programme here at the British Hen Welfare Trust. Most people are unaware of how intelligent hens are and it was a great opportunity to show people that there is more to hens than eggs!”
More recently, the charity’s Marketing and Communications Officer, Francesca Mapp, was interviewed by Jimmy (see right) for an episode of Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feasts on the topic of hidden eggs.
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