A chicken charity is reminding the general public that their feathered friends make wonderful pets – not just a good Sunday roast – this National Poultry Day.
The awareness day takes place on Sunday, 19 March and is most often associated with eating poultry, not keeping them as pets.
But the British Hen Welfare Trust is on a mission to change hearts and minds and persuade people that chickens are far more at home in a family’s back garden than on its dinner table. So why not adopt some and see for yourself? You’ll even get tasty eggs as a reward!
Hens in particular have exploded in popularity recently to the extent that the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) has now re-homed more than 554,000 of them since it was founded in 2005.
Interestingly ex-commercial hens in particular make wonderful pets for first time chicken owners. They are a relatively inexpensive pet once their initial needs have been catered for, they’re incredibly grateful, they all develop their own personalities and are very therapeutic to have around. They’re often described as cats and dogs with feathers. They also come with the full gambit of vaccinations having been through the rigorous commercial flock regulations.
Jane Howorth MBE, charity Founder, said: “Adopting some of these retired hens is one of the best things you will ever do; they are endearing, inquisitive and love to be part of family life. My own hens greet me with contented clucks, much as a dog wags its tail and a cat wraps itself round the legs of its owner in greeting.”
If you’re interested in re-homing some ex-caged birds the charity has several dates coming up across the country. Simply visit www.bhwt.org.uk or call 01884 860084 for more information.