No place like home for ex-bat­tery hens

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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