A hen welfare charity is hoping to re-home 400 ex-commercial hens saved from slaughter at collections held over the next fortnight. The hen re-homing days, held by The British Hen Welfare Trust, are taking place in Rose Ash on Sunday, 19 November and in Okehampton on Sunday, 26 November where hundreds of hens will be hoping to start their free range retirement in back gardens across the county.
However, whilst some of the hens have now been reserved, there are still 300 yet to find a caring home and the charity is appealing to animal lovers in North Devon to give the girls a new lease of life. Gaynor Davies, thecharity’s Head of Operations, said: “There is no better feeling than watching these girls flourish after they emerge from the commercial system. They have a full bill of health and will soon become much-loved pets. “A hen is such an interesting creature and you will be amazed how they all have their own personalities and funny little ways. If you’ve ever considered giving some ex-bats a home my only advice would be to do it. You won’t regret it!”
The British Hen Welfare Trust is well-known for its pioneering work in re-homing commercial laying hens and, through its nationwide team of 500+ volunteers, has found homes for more than 600,000 hens since hatching in 2005. As well as finding homes for hens, the charity also educates the public on how they can make a difference to hen welfare through their shopping basket and eating habits.
e-homing day and, whilst the feel good factor of saving these hens from slaughter comes free of charge, the charity asks for a donation to help cover its costs. Anyone interested in giving a few down-on-their-cluck hens a second chance is urged to register on their website at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084.