Hundreds of ex-caged hens will be laying fresh eggs in back gardens this weekend after having their lives saved just in time for Easter.
The hens, who have been laying eggs in commercial farm systems for 18 months, were destined for the slaughterhouse, but will be taken out of their cages on Saturday, 31 March.
The British Hen Welfare Trust, a charity that re-homes commercial hens, is re-homing hens in South Zeal where the lucky ladies will be collected by good eggs in the area and taken to loving new homes.
These hens have been working hard laying eggs for supermarkets to sell, or to put in processed foods like cakes and quiches. BHWT volunteers will be up at the crack of dawn this weekend to ensure they all receive the new lease of life they deserve.
Gaynor Davies, the charity’s Devonshire Co-ordinator, said: “With Easter upon us there is no better time to watch the girls settle in their homes. Hens are such interesting creatures and you will be amazed how they all have their own personalities and funny little ways. Even better, you’ll be able to tuck into freshly laid hen eggs on Easter Sunday as well as chocolate ones!
“We regularly host collections in the area so please contact the British Hen Welfare Trust if you can give some hens a happy home.”
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 educates the public on how they can make a difference to hen welfare through their shopping basket and eating habits.
Feeling henspired? The charity will also be re-homing hens in Rose Ash on Sunday, 8 April. 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.