Hens hoping they don’t get left behind this Christmas

Posted 21st November 2016 09:00am by

There are thousands of hens sat in their colony cages hoping they aren’t forgotten this Christmas, and the British Hen Welfare Trust is reminding hen-lovers that the birds are looking for room at the inn, and that a home for Christmas is top of their Santa wish list.

The charity will be re-homing caged hens all over the country throughout November and December, so anyone in the locations below is urged to get in touch ASAP.

These hens have lived the first 18 months of their life in cages with up to 80 other birds so are hoping to stand on soft grass for the first time before Christmas.

The British Hen Welfare Trust has to date re-homed more than 550,000 hens – a world first – but wants people to remember there are always more waiting to come out of their cages.

Re-homing events will be taking place in the following locations:

Saturday, November 26



MONMOUTH (Trellech)


Sunday, November 27

DEVON (Rose Ash)

DEVON (South Zeal)

CORNWALL (Liskeard)

Saturday, December 3


SCOTLAND (Stonehaven, Aberdeen)

Saturday, December 10


Sunday, December 11

DORSET (Sturminster Newton)

BERKSHIRE (Crowthorne)

SURREY (Cranleigh)

OXFORD (Didcot)

Saturday, December 17

HERTFORDSHIRE (Bishops Stortford)

CAMBRIDGE (Godmanchester)

ESSEX (Great Totham)

Sunday, December 18

NEWARK (South Clifton)

COVENTRY (Allesley)

DERBY (Ashbourne)

MILTON KEYNES (North Crawley)

SUFFOLK (Ipswich)

KENT (Biggin Hill)


Charity founder, Jane Howorth MBE, said: “These hard-working hens are hoping and praying they get to experience their first free range Christmas as backyard pets, and we would love to hear from anyone able to give them a loving home.

“These gorgeous girls will become part of the family in no time, they just need a little TLC. Re-homing these hens is an incredibly rewarding thing to do – and they may even lay you an egg on Christmas morning to say thank you!”

If you are able to re-home some hens please register on the charity’s website, bhwt.org.uk, and then call 01884 860084 to book your hens.

The charity does not charge for the hens but asks for a donation per bird.