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A Five Year Henniversary

A special anniversary today, five years ago on the 4th January 2015 we adopted our first 3 ex-battery hens, Angel, Belle and Holly. Moved by Sophie McCoy’s ‘Tales from the Coop’ that we got a few days before at Christmas we set about making a new coop and run and reserving the 3 girls to

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The Hollys 6 Month Henniversary

A celebration today as all 4 of The Hollys reached their 6 month milestone with us. These were a group of hens that we took in from an adopter that originally collected them from our BHWT re-homing on the 7th October 2018 but was having problems getting the girls to settle in. They’d been named,

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A Visit to Vodafone

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

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

British Hen Welfare Trust Re-homing Day 07/04/2019

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

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

British Hen Welfare Trust Re-homing Day 23/03/2019

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

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The Mavises 6 Month Henniversary

A celebration today as The Mavises reached their first milestone with us – 6 months from their adoption. These were a group of 7 hens that we adopted after our BHWT re-homing in September 2018 and sadly Clove is no longer with us, but her sisters are thriving. Aster doesn’t let her twisted beak stop

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

British Hen Welfare Trust Re-homing Day 24/02/2019

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

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The Petunias 18 Month Henniversary

A celebration today as The Petunias celebrated 18 months with us – meaning these 4 hens have spent the majority of her life here – which is a great milestone for them to reach! Originally a group of 11 that were adopted in August 2017 they all soon settled in and grew a new set

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The Super Six

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 – that create a bond and

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Clematis’s 18 Month Henniversary

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 are sadly no longer with

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

British Hen Welfare Trust Re-homing Day 19/01/2019

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

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The Nearly Girls 2018

As BHWT volunteers there’s nothing quite like the wonderful feeling at the end of a re-homing day when you know so many girls have gone off to a new life with so many adventures ahead of them. Several re-homings have been touched with sadness though – four little hens taken from their cages destined for

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The Dahlias 6 Month Henniversary

Happy 6 month henniversary to The Dahlias! Our last henniversary of 2018 and today the 6 month celebration of all 7 of The Dahlias reaching this milestone so a party and cake for the girls on Christmas Eve! Bitsy still has a bit of a limp and twist when she walks but she’s a character

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The Greys 2 Year Henniversary

Happy 2 year henniversary to The Greys! It was the 21st December 2 years ago that I collected Eve, Ivy and Merry as a Christmas present for Sarah and these hens lived in the barn quietly for a few days until being unveiled on Christmas day. Now 2 years later, sadly Ivy isn’t with us,

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

British Hen Welfare Trust Re-homing Day 16/12/2018

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.

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The Rubys 18 Month Henniversary

Happy 18 month henniversary to The Rubys! It’s also a ‘happy birthday’ to these girls as we got these hens as day old chicks for Ruby, one of our ex-commercial hens that was broody. We tentatively put the chicks under Ruby and she took to them and brought them up – it was lovely to

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The Lilacs 6 Month Henniversary

Happy 6 month henniversary to The Lilacs! These were a group of 10 hens that we adopted from the first re-homing we had from our house in June 2018, named in honour of Lilac, and we gave all of these girls names of varieties of lilac. All 10 are still with us and have taken

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The Fleurs 6 Month Henniversary

A good day today as we celebrated all 6 of The Fleurs reaching their 6 month henniversary. The weather was completely different to the warm, dry and sunny day in June when they arrived, but that didn’t stop them and their cake was polished off quickly! All girls have a lovely set of feathers for

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Welcome to The Butternuts

Today we welcome The Butternuts to the flock. Two hens that came from our BHWT re-homing today – Patty Pan with a small prolapse and Bonbon that has a limp. Bboth will be in our ‘hospital’ area for a while as they recover but they both have good demeanour and are enjoying the food on

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British Hen Welfare Trust Re-homing Day 02/12/2018

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

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The Roses 1 Year Henniversary

A milestone today as The Roses reached 1 year with us! The Roses were a group of 10 hens we adopted in November 2017 and unusually were re-homed at 90 weeks rather than the usual 72, making this day even more special as they’re about 4 months older than they would typically be at their

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The Laurels 18 Month Henniversary

A milestone today as The Laurels reached 18 months with us! These were a group of 12 hens that we adopted in May 2017 and the remaining 3 hens from the group celebrated their achievement today. Every 6 months is marked and 18 months signifies the point where a hen will have spent the majority

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Adopting

Welcome to The Hollys

Today we welcomed the latest group of hens to our flock – The Hollys. We were contacted by an adopter who collected hens from the BHWT re-homing in September and for various reasons, couldn’t keep the hens. We said we’d help and the 4 girls were dropped off today. The previous owners had problems with

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Butternut Squash 2018

An amazing butternut squash harvest today! Last winter the soil was covered in the used bedding and manure from the girls, providing a mulch that gave the soil nutrients as well as stopping weeds developing. The bedding rotted down over the winter and spring just in time for the cucurbits (squash and courgettes) to be

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