Rehoming Site Host
We are the British Hen Welfare Trust and since 2005 we have been saving and rehoming ex-caged laying hens throughout the United Kingdom. Working closely with leaders in the egg industry, we designed and developed the original rehoming model for ex-caged hens, and so far have found homes for over 800,000 hens to date.
We’re looking for volunteer drivers to load and transport hens from commercial farms (assisted by other BHWT volunteers), and deliver them to our rehoming sites throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
Each rehoming site conducts approximately 10 events a year which are generally held on weekends.
As a volunteer driver you will travel to commercial farms and rehoming points within your designated area. Ideally you will be used to driving some distances towing a trailer or driving a van. We will provide training and support, both remotely from Hen Central, and face to face with our local volunteer team coordinator leads.
A day in the life of Trish, one of our Volunteer Rehoming Site Hosts
The role of a Rehoming / Adoption Day Site Host is pretty simple but so important; as the actual rehoming / adoption event is held on my property. I have hosted rehoming/adoptions days for over three years now and I’ve never looked back.
The day before the rehoming I prepare everything; laying straw, filling the feeders and drinkers ready for the hen’s arrival. Currently, it’s also important to have all PPE, hand gel, and disinfectants available. We also have the NHS Covid-19 track and trace check-in at sign up, so adopters log in.
As our property is difficult to find, my husband takes directional signs out to the surrounding areas so the adopters can find us.
In the morning I set up tea, coffee and cake ready for the BHWT volunteers when they arrive. It’s important to make sure they are looked after. Any volunteers who are not collecting hens from the commercial farm arrive before the hens do, so we have a quick coffee meeting to decide who is doing what and discuss our expectations for the day.
Once the hens arrive it’s all hands on deck to get them unloaded and out of the crates as quickly as possible. We take time to assess whether they are all fit to be adopted and also gives the hens time to eat, drink and rest before they go onto their new homes
As the adopters start to arrive we have strict rules in place for safe distancing to protect us and the adopters. Only one adopter is allowed to get out of their car while a BHWT volunteer takes their carrier to the area where the hens are kept. Volunteers will then catch the hens and give them a final check, clipping any overgrown toe nails if needed. The hens are then put into carriers and taken to the adopter’s car. The next car is then called forward.
Each adopter is booked in and cross-checked as to how many hens they will be collecting, we then mark them off the list. As the day goes by I keep a close eye on the list and call any adopters who are late. While we’re dealing with hens and adopters my husband takes the trailer into our yard and pressure washes the crates.
At the end we clean up the barn and pack away all the equipment. I always complete the paperwork the next day and because all donations are paid online it is easy to check how many hens we had and adopted out.
All the volunteers in our team are the most amazing people that we are honoured to know. They work so hard and always with a smile and we have a lot of laughs and fun during the day.
It is so satisfying to know that over the years we have saved thousands of hens from slaughter and they are now living free range lives in lovely homes.
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