British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering
We’ve been volunteers for the BHWT since 2015 and in that time have helped re-home thousands of hens as well as attending shows and proudly having our some of own hens – Willow, Lily and Berry as BHWT sponsor hens!
Volunteering is extremely rewards and nothing beats the satisfying feeling at the end of a re-homing day knowing that we’ve played a small part in helping to get the hens off to their new coops, thinking of the happy times ahead for the girls and their owners.
We’ve added some links below to parts of the BHWT website, which is a great resource with lots of info on the work the charity does as well as useful hints and tips and details of re-homings across the country.
A road trip today for Bonbon, Lucille and Tinkerbelle as we visited a Vodafone office to talk about hens and work of the British Hen Welfare Trust. I’d made a small pen that could fit in the trailer, and along with all the other supplies for the day – food, chopped straw, a perch, a
A smaller BHWT re-homing for us today, but each hen matters and regardless of the number of hens we help see off to their new homes it’s always a thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable day. We set off early to a farm in Warwickshire – one advantage of a Sunday morning drive is that the roads
A long day but thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding at our BHWT re-homing with 201 hens saved from slaughter and off to their new homes. After two alarms went off at 4:15am we set off for the farm in Leicestershire. We always try and allow plenty of time and get there early so that we can
Another extremely rewarding day at our BHWT re-homing with over 300 hens saved from slaughter and off to their new homes. An early start to drive to the farm in Lancashire, and with 2 other BHWT teams we’d soon filled 3 sets of crates that would be driven to the collection points in Lancashire and
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 and had taken every single
A bonus BHWT re-homing day for us today as we helped 89 hens off to their new homes! We were due to drive hens from a farm in Lancashire to the BHWT Wigan collection point and it seemed a good opportunity to take some crates of hens back with us – if there was demand.
Another very satisfying day as we helped 340 hens off to their new homes at our BHWT re-homing. Our 5th BHWT re-homing that we’ve overseen from our house and thankfully the wet weather stayed away – the sun even manged to shine on the girls for part of the afternoon as they got used to
A very long day today but extremely rewarding as we saw 460 hens off to their new homes. Our 4th BHWT re-homing that we’ve overseen from our house and again the weather was on our side; colder than before but dry, which is good for us, the other volunteers and the re-homers! The day started
A long day today but thoroughly rewarding as we saw over 420 lucky hens off to their new homes. This was the third re-homing we’ve hosted and an early start to pick up the hens from their farm in the West Midlands along with other BHWT teams and volunteers. This was the first time I’ve
A thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding weekend spent volunteering at the British Hen Welfare Trust (BWHT) stand at Countryfile Live at the stunning Blenheim Palace near Oxford. I was helping on Saturday and Sunday so after a 4:30am alarm and setting off at 5am I arrived at the showground in plenty of time. The stand looked
Another 400+ hens saved from slaughter today and re-homed from our field, the second re-homing we’ve hosted. A bit different from the previous time as today the hens were delivered to us and came from a farm in Gloucestershire. It was a hot day and we were all glad that the hens arrived safely and
Another 500+ hens saved from slaughter today, re-homed by the British Hen Welfare Trust at Overton! An early start to collect the hens from the farm at 8am then a drive to the collection point at Overton where we spent the next hour or so getting the hens unloaded and settled into the marquee. The
A thoroughly rewarding two days volunteering as part of the British Hen Welfare Trust stand at Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC in Birmingham. I volunteered for Thursday and Saturday and after an early start to check the girls were OK and administer medicine to Larkspur and Gertrude, headed off to Birmingham. Traffic was worse
What a day! Over 500 hens saved from slaughter, re-homed from our field! We’d been keen to make available our location as a BHWT re-homing point, and when our team’s usual venue wasn’t available we were able to step in and offer our field. In the space of a few days, we had a field
Following on from Willow’s work as a sponsor hen for the British Hen Welfare Trust we’ve been asked to nominate another one of our ladies for their 2018 ‘Sponsor a Hen’ scheme, designed for people that cannot re-home hens themselves but still want to adopt a hen, raising income for the charity. The problem though
A very rewarding day today helping at the British Hen Welfare Trust re-homing at Overton. In around 2 hours over 350 hens met their new owners and headed off to a life of sunshine, dustbathing and as much food as the can eat! For the first time I was involved in collecting the hens from
A very rewarding day today helping at the British Hen Welfare Trust re-homing at Overton. In around 2 hours over 450 hens met their new owners and headed off to a life of sunshine, dustbathing and a spacious environment. These hens made the journey from Yorkshire, and are unusually 90 weeks old – normally ex-commercial
Another rewarding and satisfying day seeing almost 300 hens off to their retirement homes! The hens arrived at the farm shortly after we did, around noon, and they were soon taken from their crates to the marquee to settle down before the re-homers arrived. The next hour or so was spent cleaning and sorting the
A very rewarding and enjoyable day volunteering for the British Hen Welfare Trust at Countryfile Live 2017! After a 5am alarm, a quick shower and a check over of all the hens, we set off for Blenheim Palace and for some reason, at 6am on a Sunday morning the M6 was a lot quieter than
We didn’t reserve any hens for the BHWT Overton re-homing but were still looking forward to the day, especially as over 500 girls were due to start their retirements in their new homes. It was a warm day and as we did in May, had to put some crates of hens in a shaded part
We’d been looking forward to this day for a while – the first British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) re-homing at Overton for over 6 months! Due to location availability and the avian influenza restrictions this was the first re-homing since September 2016, when we brought back Pip, Ruby and Willow. Since volunteering in 2015 we’ve