A hen re-homing day is taking place in King’s Lynn this Saturday (10 March) where hundreds of down-on-their-cluck hens are hoping to avoid the slaughter lorry and start their free range retirement in new loving homes across Norfolk.
Volunteers for the British Hen Welfare Trust have launched an urgent campaign in a bid to save all 250 chickens on the day. They are 18 months old and have been working hard laying eggs for supermarkets to sell, or to put in processed foods like cakes and quiches.
Many of the hens are currently left without a home to go to and the charity is asking anyone who can provide a new lease of life to get in touch before Friday.
Andy Beecroft, the charity’s Norfolk Co-ordinator, said: “spring is just around the corner so it’s a great time to give some hens a loving home and watch them settle whilst you’re out in the garden.
“Please contact the British Hen Welfare Trust and register for some lovely ladies. Let’s do our best to save them all!”
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.
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.