20,000 ex-commercial hens find homes in Essex

Posted 4th July 2017 10:36am by

A group of charity volunteers re-homed their 20,000th hen in Great Totham this month.

The group volunteers tirelessly for the British Hen Welfare Trust and on 21 May saw their 20,000th hen go off to enjoy her free range retirement.

The Great Totham team is co-ordinated by Jean Gill and Fliss Argent and was formed in 2005.

The pair said: “We are incredibly proud to be part of something so special; the early mornings, pecks, scratches and bruises are all worth it! The friendships we have developed as a team over 12 years are precious. We would like to thank everyone involved with the BHWT for giving us the opportunity to give 20,000 hens a happy retirement!”

The 20,000th hen, called Freida, was adopted by Halstead couple Lucy and Alan Auld and their children; Angus, two, Matilda, seven, and Hattie, four.

The family has adopted twice before and decided to adopt a third time once their third child was old enough to help out with the hen keeping!

Lucy said: “The children adore them and are still fighting over who’s going to collect the eggs first! One of the hens even laid an egg in her pet carrier on the way home from collecting her!!

“They have settled in very well; Freida was the first to get on top of hen house and jump over fence! They learnt to scratch the ground on day three and haven’t looked back since! I also spied one of them sunbathing the other day too. Their little personalities are really coming out and they are such fun; a real form of happy therapy.”

The next re-homing in Great Totham will take place on Sunday, 25 June. To reserve your hens simply visit our website at www.bhwt.org.uk to register and then call 01884 860084.