Give a hen a home this Christmas - don’t put it on the slaughter truck
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Three hundred abandoned hens are hoping to enjoy their first Christmas in a safe environment – and Cambridgeshire families are being invited to give them a secure future.
The British Hen Welfare Trust is appealing to the public to come forward and offer up their back gardens to a small flock of ex-commercial hens.
Jane Osgathorp, Cambridge co-ordinator, said: “Christmas is a feel-good time of year, and nothing is more rewarding than knowing you’ve saved lives by re-homing these hens.
“They’re the most wonderful pets, and I’d urge anyone considering adopting some ex-commercial girls to simply do it and make more Christmas wishes come true.”
There are 300 hens hoping to avoid the slaughter lorry, and they’ll be re-homed in Godmanchester on Saturday December 23.
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These hens are 18 months old and risk being sent to slaughter because their egg laying may have slowed down or become somewhat irregular.
A spokesman said: “Though it may be wet and miserable outside, hens would love nothing more than to experience crisp fresh air and dewy grass under their feet for the first time.
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To re-home some hens simply register your details at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084 to speak to the charity’s re-homing team who will tell you everything you need to know.