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The Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust is launch­ing a new ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme. Jane Howorth, founder of the char­ity, ex­plains

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The Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust

Au­tumn marks the start of a new school year, which brings with it ex­cited chat­ter about what the fol­low­ing months will hold. Here at the Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust we have news that we hope will add to the ex­cite­ment with the launch of our new learn­ing pro­gramme on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, which also hap­pens to be World Egg Day! The pro­gramme is aimed at pri­mary school chil­dren and al­lows schools to ei­ther hold their own hen-based work­shops or in­vite in a BHWT vol­un­teer with their hens to hold a pre­sen­ta­tion.

The pro­gramme will teach chil­dren about an­i­mal wel­fare and the jour­ney from food to fork while fit­ting neatly into the ex­ist­ing school cur­ricu­lum.

In the learn­ing work­shops, chil­dren can ex­pe­ri­ence the soft­ness of a hen’s feath­ers, her friendly na­ture, and pos­si­bly the warmth of a freshly-laid egg (some hens have been known to oblige in the full glare of a class­room, to the de­light of the chil­dren!). For many, this will be the first time they have han­dled a hen.

As you know, we are all about putting hens into the spot­light and we can’t wait to start vis­it­ing schools and talk­ing to the next gen­er­a­tion of po­ten­tial hen­keep­ers.

SITE AP­PEALS

Our vol­un­teers have been work­ing ex­tremely hard across the coun­try re­hom­ing thou­sands of hens over the past few months. How­ever, we are al­ways keen to have new vol­un­teers and pop-up re-hom­ing sites so we can help more hard-work­ing hens. Would you like to find out how you can help? If so, please call us on 01884 860084. We are look­ing for vol­un­teers in the fol­low­ing ar­eas:

South Wales (Car­marthen­shire area) – we need a host site, a co-or­di­na­tor and a team of vol­un­teers;

South Wales (Swansea) – our Swansea team need vol­un­teers and a driver; Here­ford (Leomin­ster area) – we are look­ing for a host site, co-or­di­na­tor and a team of vol­un­teers.

It’s sim­ple – we need to res­cue more hens from slaugh­ter, to give them a happy re­tire­ment.

PART OF THE FAM­ILY

This adorable photo shows hen Jamima en­joy­ing a cud­dle. She lives with Aman­dine Reid and her fam­ily. Aman­dine told us: “Seven weeks into hav­ing our hens and ev­ery day my kids can’t wait to see our four girls. Re­ally they are part of the fam­ily. It’s a joy to see their per­son­al­i­ties form. My daugh­ter loves climb­ing the blos­som tree and she took Jamima with her.”

DID YOU KNOW?

You can use pow­dered eggshells as a scour­ing paste to clean stub­born stains from pots and pans. Mix with a lit­tle wa­ter and a squirt of wash­ing up liq­uid and scrub away. The gritty, abra­sive eggshell breaks down stub­born, burnt-on grime. MORE: Visit www.bhwt.org.uk

We can’t wait to start vis­it­ing schools and talk­ing to the next gen­er­a­tion of po­ten­tial hen­keep­ers.

TOP INSET: Vol­un­teers are needed for re­hom­ing birds ABOVE: The Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust is tak­ing chick­ens into schools RIGHT: Aman­dine Reid and Jamima

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