Nursery children save hens from slaughter

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 May 2019

Children looking after the rescued hens.

Children looking after the rescued hens.

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Half a dozen hens have been saved from slaughter, thanks to nursery children in Flax Bourton.

Charlton Nursery gave the flock of clucky hens a second chance at life and the birds are thriving in their new home.

The hens were 18-months-old and had been kept in a commercial caged system, laying eggs to be sold in supermarkets or put into processed foods.

At 18-months-old, their laying slows down and they are sent to the slaughter - unless the British Hen Welfare Trust steps in to save them from their fate.

Helen Nott, chief executive of the nursery, said: "The children adore them and they've got a very special place at the heart of nursery life."

Teacher Amy Hunter added: "The children love to visit the chickens on a daily basis and get especially excited when they open the hatch to see if they have laid any eggs.

"They always ask if they can help to feed the chickens and enjoy scattering out the chicken feed for them."

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