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Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Day

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... 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.


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.


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

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