Dear Bicester Town Council,
Considering the Allotment Act allows the keeping of hens on publicly run allotments, does your organisation allow plot holders to keep quail hens?
Dear Mr Mackenzie
Thank you for your enquiry. Bicester Town Council interprets the Allotment Act reference to hens to refer to the hens of the chicken variety, since the female of many birds are also hens, including ostriches, and it would be considered unreasonable to keep ostriches on allotment gardens.
if any of our allotment holders wanted to keep quail hens, we would ask that they contact us in writing in the first instance to gain specific permission to do so. The request would be looked upon favourably as long as the hens were kept in accordance with the Animal Welfare regulations stipulated.
I hope that you find this response satisfactory, but should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Bicester Town Council