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Coops & Crafts

Coop Refurbishment – Cleaning

Our original coop that was built in 2014 has done well; it’s given shelter and security to a lot of hens but it’s time for a refurbishment! Today’s job was to assess and clean the coop, removing most of the items that added extra weight such as the doors, nest box and floor, so that

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Adopting

Welcome to The Ivys

Today we welcomed the latest group of hens to our flock – The Ivys. Named in honour of Ivy, who we lost recently, these five little ladies will spend a week or so indoors before moving outside to begin their integration with the flock. There are a few with ascites (an accumulation of fluid in

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

British Hen Welfare Trust Re-homing Day 07/10/2018

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

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Henniversary

The Barn Girls 2 Year Henniversary

Happy 2 Year Henniversary to The Barn Girls today as all 3 of this little flock have been with us exactly 2 years now! This group has done a lot in their time with us and we’re thrilled that all 3 have reached this milestone. Willow has been a very successful BHWT sponsor hen, Ruby

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

British Hen Welfare Trust Re-homing Day 02/09/2018

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

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Henniversary

The Petunias 1 Year Henniversary

A milestone today as The Petunias reached 1 year with us. These were a group of 11 hens that came to us with 3 prolapses (Clover, Corncockle and Cover), one very petrified hen (Harebell) and several extremely bald hens but they all transformed into beautiful fully feathered brown hens. Unfortunately we have lost Campion, Clover,

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

Countryfile Live 2018

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

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Henniversary

The Whites 1 Year Henniversary

A milestone today as Clematis (or ‘Clem’ – as she has become known as!) reached 1 year with us. Clematis, Dahlia and Larkspur were re-homed on the 30th July 2017 and sadly Dahlia and Larkspur are no longer with us, so a good chance to take a moment to remember them as well as celebrate

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In Memory

Fly High Daisy

Today we lost Daisy. She was one of the group of 12 hens that we named ‘The Laurels’ that were re-homed in May 2017 and she had over 440 days with us. Arriving missing a few feathers, she soon grew them back and spent over a year enjoying her free range life, dining on fresh

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Health

Daisy’s Trip to the Vet

Daisy has been poorly the last day or so – her abdomen is lumpy and her demeanour has deteriorated sharply. Unfortunately we know these signs and all that we can do in this situation is give her the best final days we can – plenty of treats and cuddles and making her as comfortable as

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Health

Bitsy, Lucky and Willow’s Trip to the Vet

A trip to the vet today for Bitsy, Lucky and Willow. Lucky was the main concern – she had a prolapse over a week ago and whilst this has remained in place, we felt an egg inside her and this needed to be investigated. The entrance to her oviduct is inflamed and the egg won’t

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Adopting

Our 100th Adopted Hen

We recently marked the 100th hen that we welcomed through our gates, and 10 of those hens that we’ve had were hybrid ‘point of lay’ or pure breed. Now though, sooner than we thought, we’ve reached our 100th adopted hen, a milestone we’ve very proud of as these are 100 hens saved from slaughter and

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

British Hen Welfare Trust Re-homing Day 14/07/2018

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

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In Memory

Fly High Iris

Today we lost Iris. She was one of the group of 12 hens that we named ‘The Laurels’ that were re-homed in May 2017 and she had 1 year and 2 months with us. When she arrived she looked similar to another hen we had, Pumpkin, and we gave her the nickname ‘Little Pumps’ –

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Henniversary

The Marys 6 Month Henniversary

A milestone for The Marys today as they celebrated 6 months with us! This is the group of 6 hens we re-homed in January 2018, named after Mary, and after a cold and long winter they’re now enjoying a warm summer. Arriving with feathers missing all hens are now fully feathered and enjoying their life.

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Adopting

Our 100th Hen

Today we welcomed the 100th hen through our doors! We got our first hens in May 2014; a group of 4 point of lay hybrids, and 4 years later 96 other hens have joined us! Sadly, a lot of those are no longer with us, but today, little Whimsey becomes hen number 100, and it’s

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In Memory

Fly High Buttercup

Today we lost Buttercup. She was one of the group of 12 hens that we named ‘The Laurels’ that were re-homed in May 2017 and she had over 400 days with us. Buttercup was returned to us at a re-homing because the people that originally took her didn’t want her due to her crossed-over beak.

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

British Hen Welfare Trust Re-homing Day 24/06/2018

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

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In Memory

Fly High Larkspur

Today we lost Larkspur. She was one of the 3 hens that became ‘The Whites’ that were re-homed in July 2017 and had over 320 days with us. Larkspur had a bad leg when she arrived but soon got over that and spent the first few weeks indoors getting well and preparing for her new

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

Gardeners’ World Live 2018

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

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British Hen Welfare Trust Volunteering

Our 38 Guests Leave

Due to several reasons, a few of the hens that we re-homed from the farm a few days ago had to stay with us for a little bit longer than they’d originally planned. It was our pleasure though to keep them safe and secure and to give them as much food and water as they

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In Memory

Fly High Cowslip

Today we lost Cowslip. She was one of the 11 hens that became ‘The Petunias’ that were re-homed in August 2017 and had over 290 days with us. Cowslip arrived very feather-bare but she soon grew her feathers back though and transformed to a beautiful golden brown hen and settled with the flock, enjoying open

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Health

Cowslip and Larkspur’s Trip to the Vet

A trip to the vet today for Cowslip and Larkspur; Larkspur has had a few quiet moments the last few weeks but has always recovered after medication and Cowslip has been declining slowly for several weeks and not responded to recent medication. Larkspur is very poorly and has a bad infection and several ‘lumps and

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Adopting

Welcome to The Fleurs

Today we welcomed ‘The Fleurs’ to our flock, a group of 6 hens that were re-homed by the British Hen Welfare Trust – at our house! These six hens are here for one reason only – Fleur. Fleur was an ex-caged hen whose story we followed a couple of months ago and were so moved

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