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ABOUT A month ago I drove my rather an­cient Ford Gal­axy to Far­ring­ton Gur­ney in Som­er­set to col­lect six ex-bat­tery hens. The large group of which they formed a part had been col­lected ear­lier that morn­ing in Glouces­ter by the Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust (BHWT), so they had en­dured a rather fre­netic morn­ing. That day a to­tal of 281 hens were re­homed from Far­ring­ton Gur­ney — I can tes­tify to hav­ing to queue and a long line of peo­ple formed be­hind me too. To date, the BHWT has saved 18,000 hens in Som­er­set alone, and I am proud to have played just a tiny part in that statis­tic. Read all about the BHWT’s forth­com­ing Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Day on page 8.

While it is prob­a­bly pretty clear al­ready that one of my favourite sub­jects is res­cu­ing hens (page 9), an­other of my pas­sions is art. Colin Brown clearly loves his poul­try as well as cap­tur­ing them for pos­ter­ity on pa­per (page 10), as does Wilt­shire’s Chris Jones. As we are keen to know what you think of Your Chick­ens, and what you would like to see more of in the mag­a­zine, please fill in our short sur­vey on page 43 to be in with a chance of win­ning one of Chris’s fab­u­lous cal­en­dars (page 42).


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