Ex-battery hens need new homes to avoid slaughter

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 December 2017

Beaky and Flymo were saved from slaughter last Christmas.

Beaky and Flymo were saved from slaughter last Christmas.

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Hundreds of ex-battery chickens could be slaughtered if not enough people offer to re-home them when they arrive in Congresbury this month.

The 300 hens will experience their first Christmas outside a cage if people can find space in their back gardens to look after them.

The chickens are 18 months old and are being sent to slaughter because they are laying fewer eggs.

Rob Thomson, from the British Hen Welfare Trust, said: “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-bats to simply do it and make more Christmas wishes come true.”

The hen collection will take place in Congresbury on December 17.

Hens will need to be reserved ahead of the re-homing day, and you can register at www.bhwt.org.uk or call 01884 860084.

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