They've never seen daylight or stood on grass - give a hen a happy home

PUBLISHED: 15:28 01 August 2017

Hens Donna and Lara inspect their new home after being rescued from slaughter. Heidi Carneau adopts them after an open day PHOTO: Heidi Carneau

Hens Donna and Lara inspect their new home after being rescued from slaughter. Heidi Carneau adopts them after an open day PHOTO: Heidi Carneau

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Give a hen a happy home and save it from slaughter with a re homing day for ex commercial chickens coming to the area this weekend.

The British Hen Welfare Trust is looking for new homes for lucky birds in various locations across the country and this weekend will be at Godmanchester.

Gaynor Davies, the charity’s head of operations, said: “All the hens have been working hard for 18 months, laying eggs to be sold in supermarkets or go into processed foods.

“They have never seen daylight, stood on soft grass or scratched for bugs and slugs.

“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 become much-loved pets. With a bit of TLC they become incredibly tame; they’re often described as cats and dogs with feathers.

The charity can only save the hens if they have homes to go to.

“We are appealing to anyone who has a bit of space in their back garden to consider giving a home.

“The hens are around 18 months old when they are sent to slaughter because their egg laying has slowed down, and whilst they don’t come with guarantees, they are generally happy to offer a tasty reward to someone offering to save their lives.

“They will guarantee to any would-be adopter fun and affection; these little hens are seriously good at worming their way into hearts.”

• The re homing day is at Godmanchester on Saturday August 5. There are 300 hens in total, 200 without homes. If you’re interested register on www.bhwt.org.uk or call 01884 860084.

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