182 hens need home in UK, they are facing slaughter
The British Hen Welfare Trust has issued an appeal to help rescue the commercial hens which are producing fewer eggs.
58 of the birds have already found new homes but 182 still need one and it could be life changing for the retiring animals if enough people offer up their back gardens.
The charity says the hens will want space to dust bathe, sun bathe and scratch for slugs and bugs, which many of them have never been able to do during the first 18 months of their life.
The hens on The British Hen Welfare Trust’s books are hoping to avoid the slaughter lorry and there will be a re-homing session in Bourton on January 7.
Victoria Daniels, Bourton co-ordinator, said: "These hens don’t know how lucky they are.
"They’re the small few who will avoid the slaughter lorry and start their year in the best possible way – by becoming much-loved pets.
"You’ll even get a few eggs in return for saving their lives. They really do become part of the family, so if you’re able to help, please call."
The 18-month-old hens are being sent to slaughter because their egg laying may have slowed down or become irregular.
However they should be able to continue popping out eggs for potential owners to enjoy for breakfast, or perhaps for a cake or omelette.
The charity has found new homes for 59,000 caged hens, all of which were destined for slaughter, in 2017.
If you are interested in re-homing some hens, register your details at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084 to speak to the charity’s friendly re-homing team based at Hen Central. ■