Could you give a hen like pumpkin a happy home this Autumn?

Posted 2nd October 2015 04:09pm by

Could you give a hen like Pumpkin a happy home this Autumn?

Thousands of lucky hens are soon to be given the opportunity to enjoy a free range retirement as loving pets.

Hen welfare charity, the British Hen Welfare Trust, is holding re-homing days across the UK this October and hopes to find loving homes for ex-commercial hens just like Pumpkin, who would otherwise be destined for slaughter.

Jane Howorth, founder of the charity told us, “These endearing hens make amazing pets and soon adapt to family life, they are so full of character, you can’t help but fall in love with their unique personalities and their tasty eggs are simply an added bonus. If you haven’t adopted hens before, it’s incredibly rewarding and the feel-good factor in saving their lives is simply unbeatable.”

We asked, can anyone keep hens? Jane explains, “Absolutely, if you have a back garden, then you can keep chickens. We have between 7,000 and 8,000 adoptions each year, unfortunately we don’t have the resources to home visit each time, but we do take adopters through a careful process to ensure they know what they’re taking on and that we are happy with what facilities they can provide. I am so grateful to the many kind people out there who help our lovely hens.”

Take a look at the charities re-homing dates coming up this month:

3 October
Didcot, Oxford
Coventry, West Midlands
Aunby, South Lincolnshire

4 October
Swinderby, North Lincolnshire

10 October
Dorset, Sturminster Newton
Farrington Gurney, Somerset
Chulmleigh, Devon
Gwernogle, Wales
Monmouth, Wales – FULL *Please call to be placed on a waiting list.

24 October
Bishop stopford, Hertfordshire
Great Totham, Essex
Godmanchester, Cambridge

26 October
Great Totham, Essex

The charity urges anyone interested in adopting a hen like Pumpkin, to call their re-homing team at Hen Central on 01884 860084 or visit their website

The British Hen Welfare Trust is a national charity that re-homes commercial laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare and encourages support for the British egg industry. Later this year the charity hopes to meet Dee, their soon to be 500,000th lucky hen – ‘D’ is 500,000 in roman numerals. You can follow their Countdown to Dee here