Rescue old hens from a roasting
PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 November 2015
A charity is looking for bird lovers to save 200 hens from being served up on dinner plates this Christmas.
About 200 hens which have stopped laying eggs every day have been rescued from the slaughterhouse by The British Hen Welfare Trust.
A number of farmers around North Somerset have agreed to give their mature hens to the charity, instead of selling them on for slaughter.
The trust is holding a pop-up event in Backwell on Saturday to try to find new owners for the birds.
Local co-ordinator for the charity, Deb Perkins, said: “What could be nicer than to embrace the spirit of Christmas by welcoming a few new members into the family fold?
“Ex-bat hens make gorgeous, endearing, funny pets and will usually lay an egg in return for good hospitality.
“They need a home for keeps though, not just Christmas, so please give adoption serious consideration.
“Ex-bats are simple to keep and have such friendly personalities, they will soon work their way into your hearts, and just think you could soon be enjoying free range eggnog with family and friends using fresh eggs.”
The charity is hoping scores of hens will find new homes so they can enjoy a festive, free-range retirement this year.
The pop-up event is being held in Backwell, but anyone interested is being asked to call the charity first to go through the adoption process.
To find out more about taking on a hen call 01884 860084.
The British Hen Welfare Trust re-homes commercial laying hens, educates people on hen welfare and encourages support for the British egg industry.