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
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