New chicken book helps Chulmleigh charity

Joseph Bulmer

THE Chulmleigh based British Hen Welfare Trust is celebrating the rehoming of a quarter of a million caged hens with the release of a new book.

The Best Things in Life are Free by Lucy Duckworth is a delightful compilation of stunning photography of chickens, alongside apt and heart-warming quotations from Albert Einstein to Oscar Wilde.

Jane Haworth set up the charity in 2005 and since then it has rehomed 250,000 chickens that would otherwise have been destined for slaughter.

“There is so much more still to be done,” she said.

“There is an increasing trend in the UK of rehoming hens as pets and giving them a happy retirement. But the biggest win for the humble laying hen will be when consumers insist on free range eggs in all the products they buy – not just shell eggs, but quiches, ice cream, cakes and ready meals as well.”

In addition to rehoming commercial laying hens, the trust educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry.

It is hoped the new book will help raise the profile of its work and all profits will go towards the work of the charity.

The Best Things in Life are Free is priced at �6.99 and can be ordered directly from the British Hen Welfare Trust’s online shop at