Chickens enjoy green food, they love grass and many of the leaves and wild flowers growing in that grass. So, most will happily munch on herbs and those herbs will in turn help to keep the chickens healthy. In the most natural of ways. Herbs can be used as follows:
- Scattered in the run and nesting box to repel insects, parasites and rodents
- Fed fresh by being hung up to also create healthy interest or simply add to feed
- Dried, crushed and added to feed or water
Dobies has put together four easy to grow herb collections to help keep your hens happy and healthy and also to raise funds for those wonderful friends of chickens, the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT). What more could a chicken lover possibly want? Oh yes, and the humans can eat the herbs too!
Who is the British Hen Welfare Trust?
The British Hen Welfare Trust is, national charity that re-homes commercial laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry. Its ultimate goal is to see consumers and food manufacturers buying only UK produced free-range eggs, resulting in a strong British egg industry where all commercial laying hens enjoy a good quality life.
What does the British Hen Welfare Trust do?
The charity re-homes commercial laying hens destined for slaughter and re-homes them predominantly as family pets. This pioneering initiative is hugely popular with the public and tens of thousands of hens are given the chance to enjoy a free range retirement each year.
The British Hen Welfare Trust uses a positive campaign strategy designed to educate the public and make them aware of their capability to make a difference to hen welfare through their shopping basket.
Facts & Figures
The statistics below show the growth in popularity of the British Hen Welfare Trust’s re-homing initiative.
- There are still approximately 16 million colony caged hens in the UK. As a result of the BHWT’s pioneering work increasing numbers of consumers now want high welfare as well as high quality. This positive impact has seen free range production grow into one of the most successful sectors of British agriculture and nearly half of all British laying hens have access outdoors.
- The barren battery cage was banned in January 2012.
- The British Hen Welfare Trust’s ultimate goal is to see all commercial laying hens enjoy a good quality free range life, but the charity is staunch in its support for the UK egg industry and as long as there is demand for caged eggs would rather see enriched caged egg production in the UK rather than imported caged eggs from countries where welfare is beyond our control.
- Nearly 60% of caged eggs end up ‘hidden’ in processed food products, such as cakes, pasta, confectionery and ready meals. Caged eggs are also frequently ‘hidden’ in meals served at restaurants and other eating establishments.
Interested in Adopting?
If you are interested in e-homing some chickens from BHWT please visit their website at http://www.bhwt.org.uk/rehome-some-hens/ You won’t regret it.
We've teamed up with The British Hen Welfare Trust
Purchase any of our Herby Hen Seed collections below and we will donate £1.00 per collection to British Hen Welfare Trust.