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Plea to Help Find Homes for 200 Chickens Saved From Slaughter

Published: 24th October 2017 09:34

A hen welfare charity is working tirelessly to re-home 300 ex-commercial hens saved from slaughter this weekend.

Re-homed hen, Fern, enjoying a spot of sunbathing in her new abodeRe-homed hen, Fern, enjoying a spot of sunbathing in her new abode

The collection, held by The British Hen Welfare Trust, is taking place in Wigan this weekend on Saturday 28th October and hundreds of hens will be hoping to start their free range retirement in back gardens across the region.

However, there are still 200 hens yet to find their loving forever home and the charity is appealing to animal lovers in the North West to give the girls a new lease of life.

Gaynor Davies, the charity's Head of Operations, said: "There is no better feeling than watching these girls flourish after they emerge from the commercial system. They have a full bill of health and will soon become much-loved pets, often described as cats and dogs with feathers.

"If you've ever considered giving some ex-bats a home my only advice would be to do it. You won't regret it."

A collection in Haslingden is also being carried out on the same date. The charity urges anyone interested in giving a few down-on-their-cluck hens a second chance to register on their website at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084. The charity does ask for a donation to help cover costs - typically £5 per hen - but there is no set fee.

The British Hen Welfare Trust is well-known for its pioneering work in re-homing commercial laying hens and, through its nationwide team of 500+ 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.

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