A mind-blowing set of statistics
British Hen Welfare Day
WHAT CAME FIRST…?
... OBVIOUSLY IT was the chicken and not the egg, which is why British Hen Welfare Day takes place on 28 September, shortly before World Egg Day.
This year World Egg Day falls on Friday 12 October and, as usual, it is all about celebrating the humble egg, which we love almost as much as the ladies who lay them.
Last year in the UK we ate a whopping 12.9 billion eggs — that’s 35.3 million per day. And it isn’t hard to see why. A medium egg contains just 66 calories and packs in on average 6.4g of protein, making it a great choice for a healthy meal.
Not only that, but eggs are also a natural source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, D, B2, B12, iodine and selenium. Whether poached, boiled or scrambled, eggs make a great power breakfast.
HENS MAKE PERFECT PETS
Without hens there would be none of the delicious bakes and cakes that contain eggs. There are around 40 million hens in the UK all laying diligently so that we can enjoy eggs, but how much better to have pet chickens in your back garden so that you can enjoy hens and eggs every day.
We may be preaching to the converted, but the British Hen Welfare Trust is on a mission to make everyone realise just what wonderful pets hens (including ex-bats of course) always make.
The charity has rehomed more than 650,000 so far, with 12,000 having come out of their cages in September alone.
These little birds have been laying for 18 months and would become pet food, pies, stocks or soups if they weren’t rehomed by kind-hearted members of the public.
Generally, the hens will carry on laying, especially if you give them good quality feed, and if you eat or like to
cook with eggs, you know exactly where your own supply came from and that the hen who laid them had the best life possible. We like win-win situations. They make everyone happy.
So, who fancies a fresh, perfectly poached egg on toast for breakfast followed by a slice of fluffy Victoria sponge for afternoon tea? We’ll race you to the nest box.
FEATHERED FRIENDS TOGETHER
This photo (below) of beautiful ex-bat Bertha was taken by David Neighbour in Devon.
He says: “We’ve had Bertha a couple of years now. She’s part of a small group of five hens and a few ducks. Here she is ‘sharing’ her marrow. They all get along very well, but the chickens are always in charge.”
Last year in the UK 35.3 million eggs were consumed per day
Keeping pet chickens at home so that you can enjoy the full experience of hens and eggs every day is a fantastic experience for all ages
Bertha belongs to Devon-based David Neighbour and is part of a small group of hens and ducks