The Queen turns 92 next weekend and hundreds of hens are hoping join in the celebrations whilst settling into free range retirement homes across the country.
The British Hen Welfare Trust, a charity which re-homes ex-commercial hens saved from slaughter, is appealing to members of the Devon public to offer the lucky ladies their very own Cluckingham Palace on Her Royal Majesty’s big day.
Jane Howorth, the charity’s founder, said: “In 2016 I was proud to have been invited to Buckingham Palace where I received my MBE from Prince Charles. Our ex-bats don’t need quite that level of pomp and ceremony – just plenty of room to scratch at the grass and a snuggly hen house to sleep in at night. They’ll think they’re being given the right royal treatment.”
If you’re able to offer a small flock of hens a happy ending there will be 250 looking for homes in both Okehampton and South Molton on Saturday, 21 April. Just think, you could be enjoying an omelette for dinner in time for the Queen’s Birthday Party broadcast!
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.
Please note that hens need to be reserved in advance of the re-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.