A small group of volunteers have collectively helped save a staggering 15,000 ex-commercial hens from slaughter.
The British Hen Welfare Trust volunteers held their latest re-homing on Saturday, November 26 when they re-homed their 15,000th hen.
The re-homing point in Denmead was set up in 2008 by Alice Moneypenny who was Co-ordinator until April last year when Laura McCulloch took over.
Laura had been volunteering with the team since 2010 and took over when Alice stepped down.
“My role as Co-ordinator is made so much easier by our fantastic volunteers,” said Laura. “Sue McMurrugh has hosted our re-homings in Denmead for nearly seven years, and frequently lends a hand, as do her daughters Kate and Anna.
“We’ve got a very dedicated group of volunteers who come along – rain or shine – to help catch, clip and box the newly free-range hens so they can go off to their forever homes. I’m particularly grateful to our drivers who take it in turns to transport the hens. It usually means an early start so it’s a very long day by the time the re-homing is over.
“I am very proud of the team, and to have re-homed 15,000 hens is absolutely amazing! Credit goes to all of those who have volunteered over the years, and of course to all of those who have re-homed hens from the Hampshire team.
“I absolutely love volunteering for the BHWT, and I’m honoured to be Co-ordinator for Hampshire. It’s hard work but so worth it to know I’ve played a part in re-homing such a huge number of hens who are now enjoying their retirement. I think I’ve well and truly earned the title of crazy chicken lady!”
The British Hen Welfare Trust has to date re-homed more than 550,000 hens since being founded in 2005 by Jane Howorth MBE.