(onelittleegg.co.uk is under new management, this article previously appeared on the old website and was not written by the new site owners.)

I am the very proud owner of some beautiful ex-bat girls who were rescued from slaughter by the British Hen Welfare Trust. Watching these frightened, tatty hens blossom into confident, cheeky little characters has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Who would have thought that hens have their own distinct personalities, likes and dislikes? That they would learn what the word ‘bedtime!’ meant? That hens who initially froze in fear when a bird flew overhead or the wind rattled the fence would learn to build nests, roost, forage, dustbathe, preen, flap their wings and all the other natural behaviours that are denied to the 16,000,000 hens currently caged in the UK?

The British Hen Welfare Trust rehomes laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry. To date, they have rehomed over 250,000 hens who would otherwise gone straight from cage to slaughter.

One Little Egg aims to raise money for this fantastic charity by starting with one egg and up-trading until I end up with something valuable to auction off, with all the proceeds going to the charity. Along the way, I hope to raise awareness of the plight of battery hens and the British Hen Welfare Trust, as well as meeting new people, swapping items and having lots of fun. I really hope you’ll join me!