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Save hens from slaughter this September

Thousands of hens are hoping to avoid the slaughter house and start a free range retirement this September.

The British Hen Welfare Trust will be re-homing 10,000 ex-commercial hens across the country, 300 of which will be looking for homes in South Kesteven on Sunday 2nd September.

The charity says these hardworking hens have been laying eggs to be sold in supermarkets or put into processed foods for 18 months, but have now come to the end of their useful laying life. At this point the farmer looks to send his flock to slaughter, which is when the BHWT steps in to save as many lives as possible.

The hens then go on to become family pets in people’s back gardens or on allotments or smallholdings. They’ve even been re-homed by schools, nursing homes and prisons.

The hens will be given away in Stamford that Sunday, with the hens coming from an undisclosed commercial farm within an hour or so drive of the town. People from Grantham and elsewhere can offer homes to them.

Francesca Taffs, Marketing and Communications Officer for the BHWT, said: “These hens make the most wonderful pets – they just want the chance to be free and live like chickens should. After a few weeks you’ll be able to pick them up cuddle them just like you would a cat or a dog and, best of all, they’ll even lay you fresh eggs for breakfast!”

To re-home some feathered friends simply register your details at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call Hen Central on 01884 860084.

The charity was established in 2005 by Jane Howorth, and is Britain’s first registered charity for re-homing laying hens. Jane Howorth was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.

The UK has approximately 16 million hens kept in colony cages. The charity has so far found retirement homes for over 620,000 caged hens, all of which were destined for slaughter.

To re-home some hens register your details at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call Hen Central on 01884 860084.

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