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Adopt a hen at the British Hen Welfare Trust’s rehoming event on 23rd April in Biggin Hill

Do you want to experience ‘the pet hen effect’?

Did you know that pet chickens give cuddles? Or that they’ll happily wander into your home and snuggle up beside you?

More and more people are experiencing the joy of hen keeping and learning that pet chickens are as curious as cats and as loyal as dogs, with bags of affection and the added bonus of supplying a steady stream of fresh eggs.

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) saves around 60,000 hens from slaughter every year and rehomes them as family pets. 

The charity regularly receives photos from adopters of pet hens that have well and truly integrated into family life, alongside tales of how loving, entertaining, and calming their chickens can be.

If you’d like to join the growing number of hen keepers and experience ‘the pet hen effect’ for yourself, the British Hen Welfare Trust is holding a rehoming day on Saturday, April 23 in Biggin Hill.

To adopt hens from the BHWT you need to register your interest by Thursday, April 21. The charity doesn’t charge a fee but asks for a donation to cover adoption costs and hen welfare campaigning work, such as veterinary and education programmes.

For more information on how to welcome your very own flock of hens, visit:

About The British Hen Welfare Trust  

  • The British Hen Welfare Trust was established in 2005 by Jane Howorth and is Britain’s first registered charity concerned with rehoming laying hens while improving hen welfare across commercial and domestic sectors.
  • Jane Howorth was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.
  • In the UK there are approximately 16 million hens kept in colony cages. The BHWT has so far found retirement homes as pets for over 860,000 ex-commercial hens, all of which were destined for slaughter.
  • The British Hen Welfare Trust has 46 pop-up collection points across the UK 
  • The British Hen Welfare Trust has 1,000 volunteers.
  • The British Hen Welfare Trust educates consumers about caged eggs hidden in processed foods, like pasta, quiches, cakes and mayonnaise, helping them make informed choices when shopping.
  • The British Hen Welfare Trust works closely with DEFRA and other agencies to develop practices and protocols to improve the lives of both commercially-farmed and hobbyist pet hens.
  • The British Hen Welfare Trust works closely with business leaders of the British Egg Industry to influence hen welfare.
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