Our mission is to adopt as many commercial hens as we can and give them a loving home with plenty of fresh air, green grass and sunshine
What we do
We adopt as many commercial hens as we can and give them a home in a safe, caring environment that will allow them to exhibit their natural behaviours in fresh air, green grass and sunshine. We give the re-homed hens an identity, and recognise and respond to their individual personalities. We provide them with a large coop and run, protected by electric fencing, with plenty of space to roam; they can scratch the ground, dustbathe, and eat as much nutritious food as they want! We combine our love of hens with our passions for gardening, woodwork, photography and technology to bring all of these things together to create this platform to tell our story and the hens' tales.
Why we do it
All commercial hens in the UK are slaughtered at approximately 72 weeks old and those hens that are caged have never seen daylight, pecked at grass, or been able to dustbathe - we want to give as many hens as we can the chance to do these things. We've seen through the hens we've adopted how their individual personalities and characters blossom in a natural environment and the rewards that having these lovely creatures as pets can bring. The hens we adopt are the lucky ones. They are the ambassadors for the millions of caged commercial hens in this country that will never see natural daylight or have the sun on their backs and grass beneath their feet.
happy hens are currently enjoying their life with us
Latest from our blog
We typically adopt several small groups of hens throughout the year and these girls are given a group name and each hen has an individual name. We identify these groups and celebrate their henniversaries. However, sometimes, for whatever reason, different groups form – individual hens that are put together –
Happy Henniversary Clematis, or Clem to her friends! Today she celebrated 18 months with us – meaning she’s spent the majority of her life here – which is a great milestone for our hens to reach. Clem arrived at the end of July 2017 along with Dahlia and Larkspur who
A great start to 2019 with over 400 hens saved from slaughter and – most – off to their new homes! We had an early start to get to the farm in Leicestershire but arrived in time and with 3 other BHWT teams there we soon filled all the crates