Four ex-caged hens re-homed by the British Hen Welfare Trust have found a new roost to rule after the Beast from the East left their free range patch covered in the white stuff!
The mammoth snowhen, which took around an hour and a half to build, was sculpted by hen re-homer Samantha Chubbock and her husband Ollie last Sunday. Samantha, from Attleborough, said: “We were ably assisted by our four wonderful British Hen Welfare Trust girls Amelia, Bessie, Frankie and Harriet with their egg shells used as the eyes. They were very unsure about the snow to start with but they were soon wading through it, up to their tummies!”
The lucky hens were adopted in Balyham, Suffolk, last year at re-homing days carried out by the British Hen Welfare Trust, an animal welfare charity which re-homes ex-commercial hens saved from slaughter. A re-homing day is coming up in Eye, Suffolk, on Sunday, 18 March for anyone wanting to re-home some ex-bats of their own. All hens must be booked before the date, call 01884 860084 to find out more.
Samantha said: “My girls make me very happy and I have even been given ‘crazy chicken lady’ pyjamas since I re-homed them! It’s wonderful seeing them flourish in their retirement after their hard working days.”
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 620,000 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.