No place like home for ex-battery hens
BATTERY hens which have been rescued and are ready for retirement in loving homes are due to be put out for adoption at an event on Sunday.
The British Welfare Trust’s next big rehoming event, focusing on finding the rescued hens a warm home for winter, will take place on Sunday at Ashbourne and District Animal Welfare Society’s base, The Ark, in Wyaston Road.
The hens have been living in cages, laying eggs to be sold in supermarkets or put in processed foods such as cakes, quiches and pasta – but experts say they can make very tame pets that may even accept an invitation into the warmth of the family home as the cold weather sets in.
Francesca Mapp, marketing and communications officer at the national charity, which rehomes more than 50,000 hens per year, said: “My own hens can often be found poking their head through the cat flap in search of a tasty morsel to eat, or a corner to curl up in to sleep.
“Having them around makes my garden (and my living room!) much livelier and, best of all, I’ve saved their lives, too.”
The trust is rehoming hens across the country this winter and the Ashbourne collection day is one of several taking place this month.
To find out more about adopting a hen, which must be arranged in advance because chickens will not be given out without prior agreement, call 01884 860084.
are happy to make themselves at home