Hundreds of hens hope to touch down this weekend

Posted 30th January 2018 02:44pm by

In anticipation of Sunday’s Super Bowl, hundreds of ex-caged hens are hoping to take to the field and touch down at new retirement homes in Lincolnshire this weekend.

The British Hen Welfare Trust is holding a collection at Stamford this Saturday (03 Feb) where more than 300 hens will be hoping to avoid the slaughter lorry and kick-off their free range retirement.

At 18 months old the girls are now in need of a time out, having worked hard laying eggs for supermarkets to sell, or to put in processed foods like cakes and quiches.

However, whilst 100 lucky ladies have been allocated homes, there are still over 200 without a cosy coop to go to. Can you help take these girls off the side-line and offer them a new lease of life?

Terri Cook, Lincolnshire Co-ordinator, said: “There is no better feeling than watching these girls flourish after they emerge from the commercial system. Although the temperature has dropped in recent weeks, they will huddle up at night to keep themselves warm during the winter chill so re-homers needn’t worry about them getting too cold if they’re missing a few feathers.

“They have so much to offer beyond eggs and will soon become much-loved pets – don’t miss out on these lovely ladies!”

The British Hen Welfare Trust is well-known for its pioneering work in re-homing commercial laying hens and, through its nationwide team of 600+ volunteers, has found homes for more than 600,000 hens since hatching in 2005. As well as finding homes for hens, the charity also has other free range field goals and plans to open the UK’s very first Hen Welfare and Education centre later this year.

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.