The Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association’s Pet Data Report 2017 stated around 600,000 people now keep domestic fowl, ranking them above guinea pigs, hamsters and lizards.
Mind you, this is not news to the British Hen Welfare Trust who know full well the popularity of our feathered friends among the great British public.
Since 2005 the charity has re-homed more than 560,000 ex-battery hens who have gone on to become much-loved family pets.
These birds will have spent around 17 months in cages and are destined for slaughter before the charity steps in and give them an alternative fate in the form of a free range retirement.
Jane Howorth MBE, charity founder, said: “I’m not surprised that chickens are moving up the ranking of most popular pets in the UK, here at the charity we all know what wonderful pets our ex-commercial hens in particular make. Each has their own personality and charm; they are quite simply life-enhancing, and what other pet will lay eggs for your breakfast?!
“Best of all you don’t have to choose between owning a cat/dog and a chicken. Hens will live in perfect harmony with the rest of your furry friends.”
The charity has many re-homings coming up across the country. Simply visit www.bhwt.org.uk if you’re interested in giving some hens a happy home.
The full PFMA report can be found here: http://www.pfma.org.uk/_assets/docs/Data%20report/PFMA-Pet-Population-Report%202017_WEB.pdf