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#BHWTFREE RANGECAMPAIGN

Any­one who’s been to Hen Cen­tral will know we love cakes and cook­ies and gen­er­ally any­thing baked with tasty, fresh, free range eggs. So it makes us sad when we hear of big house­holds brands ac­tively choos­ing to use eggs from hens kept in cages or barns.

As a re­sult of fresh in­for­ma­tion we have widened our #BHWTfreerange­cam­paign to fo­cus on Mr Ki­pling, McVi­tie’s and Mil­lie’s Cook­ies. Mr Ki­pling, as you may know, ran a multi-mil­lion-pound cam­paign in 2009 ad­vis­ing cus­tomers that he’d started us­ing free range eggs. Hur­rah! But not long af­ter, the brand sneak­ily de­cided to ‘transition’ to­ward us­ing barn eggs – and no ac­com­pa­ny­ing mul­ti­mil­lion­pound cam­paign for that pol­icy switch.

McVi­tie’s is an­other big brand which uses eggs from caged hens in its Jaffa Cakes and the rest of its cake range which in­cludes Ja­maica Cake, Golden Syrup Cake and Choco­late Cake. We were dis­ap­pointed, to say the least, when United Bis­cuits, which owns McVi­tie’s, told us they only us­ing a ‘small amount’ of free range egg in the UK, mainly in its tea­cakes range, and that the rest were from caged hens.

Mil­lie’s Cook­ies, a hugely pop­u­lar cookie brand, uses egg in ev­ery sin­gle one of the prod­ucts on its menu. All of it pow­dered egg from hens kept in cages.

The BHWT is ask­ing sup­port­ers and Your Chickens read­ers to en­cour­age these brands to do the right thing and start us­ing free range egg in their prod­ucts. Hop onto our web­site where you’ll find so­cial me­dia tem­plates, let­ters and email ad­dresses so you can con­tact them. We know that, to­gether, we can achieve a free range fu­ture.

WELL DONE, DO­BIES

Onto some­thing al­to­gether lighter and greener. Do­bies, part of Sut­tons, has come up with a bril­liant range of herb seeds for hens and £1 from the sale of ev­ery herb col­lec­tion will come to us! There are marigold seeds to turn your hens’ yolks a deep, golden or­ange, laven­der for their nest boxes and pars­ley packed with vi­ta­mins and min­er­als. BHWT sup­port­ers also get 10% off Do­bies en­tire seed range with a spe­cial code, avail­able on our web­site (visit the lat­est news blog sec­tion).

COT­TAGE GAR­DEN DRINKERS

Sum­mer is well and truly here so, to cel­e­brate, why not perk up your gar­den with a gorgeous drinker from Cot­tage Gar­den Feed­ers. They are re­ally colour­ful so, even if the weather takes a turn for the worse, at least your coops will be bright! Cot­tage Gar­den Bucket Drinker - £28.85

HEN HUG!

Lit­tle Emma Shar­man has quite a hand­ful Here’s Quee­nie prov­ing that a hen hug is enough to make any­one smile!

HELP FROM HEN PALS

The BHWT has some truly won­der­ful fundrais­ers and we love to shout about them. We were over the moon when con­tacted by the Hen Pals Face­book group of­fer­ing to raise money for us through an on­line auc­tion. We were even more amazed when the to­tal amount came through – the group raised a whop­ping £1,118.52! That money will pro­vide such a huge boost to the char­ity and help save hun­dreds more hens from slaugh­ter. We are so grate­ful to Hen Pals and all those who fundraise for the BHWT. If you’ve got a fundrais­ing idea you’d like to chat to us about sim­ply email fundraise@bhwt. co.uk.

Ex-bat­tery hens given a new home

Emma Shar­man with Quee­nie

Flow­ers from Do­bies

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