Up with the chickens

Posted 30th January 2018 02:42pm by

How do you like to spend your weekend? Having a lazy lie in with the papers? Drinking a cuppa in bed followed by a fry up, complete with yummy free range eggs?

Whilst many millions of Britons will be doing just that come Saturday, British Hen Welfare Trust volunteers in Sussex will be up at the crack of dawn in the dark, bleary eyed but ready to save lives.

They’ll be heading to a commercial farm to collect hundreds of hens, destined for slaughter.  These lucky hens, instead of their alternative fate, will start their free range retirements at a hen re-homing day being held this Saturday in Chichester.

However, there aren’t currently enough homes for the hens to go to and the charity are appealing to animal lovers in the area to give the girls a new lease of life. Can you help?

Gaynor Davies, the charity’s Head of Operations, said: “There is no better feeling than watching these hens flourish after they emerge from the commercial system. They have so much to offer beyond eggs and will soon become much-loved pets.

“Our fantastic team of volunteers regularly give up their weekends to save the lives of these hens so please don’t let their efforts go to waste, you won’t regret it!”

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 600,000 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.

The charity is re-homing hens in Chichester on Saturday, 20 January. 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.