Giving something back – our top chicken related charities for #GivingTuesday

To celebrate and support #GivingTuesday today’s topic is all about our top chicken charities and how you can support their cause.


We all know how great it is to receive gifts during the festive season but one of the best feelings in the world is knowing you’ve donated to a good cause. Giving something back at Christmas doesn’t have to mean dropping coins in a collection box or making a donation online – although no charity would turn you down!

The majority of people who donate to charity choose an organisation that is close to their hearts so with that in mind here is our list of top chicken charities and how you can help make a difference:

The British Hen Welfare Trust

This charity was the first one we thought of when we were putting the list together and it’s no wonder when you see the amazing work they do! They might bill themselves as “a small national charity” but they do big work and their group of supporters continues to grow.

As well as making a monetary donation you can also buy from their shop, re-home an ex-commercial hen, fundraise within your community, or take part in the Give As You Live campaign.

Our favourite way to support the BHWT is to join in with #FreeRangeFriday, which is sponsored by The Happy Egg Co. and share a delicious baking recipe using free range eggs every Friday – so watch this space for this week’s scrumptious treat!

Fresh Start for Hens

Some of our lovely Twitter followers recommended this charity to us after rehoming their own hens via the organisation. So far they have rehomed a total of 19645 ex-commercial hens!

Rehoming a hen costs just £2.50 per hen, which we think is a small price to pay for feathery companions that provide delicious eggs. The organisation is run entirely by volunteers and there are collection points all over the country if you’d like to rehome a hen.


If you’ve already got a big enough flock of your own and you would like to help improve someone else’s life this festive season why not give the gift of a chicken to an individual or community in need?

Just one chicken can rescue a family from poverty and provide them with a nutritious addition to their diet as well as a source of income. You can choose from a number of chicken donation programmes and there’s an option to suit every budget.


A charity that is close to Jim’s heart, the Farm Africa organisation has helped thousands of African farmers and their families get themselves out of poverty and keep their bellies full.

Donating a brood of chicks costs just £10 and you can feel satisfied at Christmas knowing a family is having a healthy, nutritious meal and has a future source of income. FARM-Africa gives advice on how to build a chicken coop and give the proper care to their life-saving flock.


Welcome to Chicken Chat – introducing our blog and our festive advent calendar!

This is the first in, we hope, many blog posts from our Chicken Chat blog. Today we’ll be introducing ourselves and our Merry Chickmas advent calendar!

Welcome to Chicken Chat

Welcome to Chicken Chat

As you will have noticed there’s been a bit of a change at Jim Vyse Arks recently. The website has been revamped, we’ve embraced the world of social media, and now, we’re launching our very own blog – Chicken Chat!

We realised that we have loads to say about chickens, ducks, geese, and any other kind of poultry you can imagine so Chicken Chat has been launched as a place to discuss all things poultry.

We hope to discuss everything from poultry house design to health care and everything else in between! We’ll be posting every day this week to celebrate the launch and then post a weekly Chicken Chat on Tuesdays.

To kick off the first Chicken Chat post we thought we talk about our December “big idea” – our Merry Chickmas advent calendar…

We wish you a Merry Chickmas!

Every day between now and Christmas Eve we’ll be featuring a different chicken related Christmas gift idea that we love to give you some festive inspiration for your poultry loving friends and family.

We’ve been working with some great companies to bring you perfect presents, great gifts, and stunning stocking fillers. Plus, we’ve even managed to give our loyal customers a few festive discounts to help your pennies go a little bit further this Christmas.

It doesn’t matter whether your budget is big or small, whether you’re looking for a practical or frivolous gift, and whether you’re shopping for adults or children we’ve got some gorgeous ideas to make present buying easy.

And behind the first door…

As promised, here is our first gift brought to you from the lovely Trish Coulton!

“Mucky Cluckers – Tales from the Chicken Run” is the story of Trish’s flock and their feathery antics. You’ll meet the gang including Queen B, Irene, and our personal favourite, Fizz.

As any chicken fanatic knows every chicken has their own personality and Trish’s “Cluckers” are no exception! Readers have said “What a fantastic read! It made me laugh out loud in some parts.”

If you’ve been looking for a fun read for the festive season then this is the choice for you – after all, if you can’t laugh at Christmas, when can you?!

Follow this link for an exclusive discount! Buy now.

Stay tuned for more great gifts every day until Christmas Eve!