Photo was of my res­cue hen

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - OPINIONS & LETTERS -

THE hen pic­tured in last week’s pho­to­graph, by Peter Banks, on the farm­ing page, is my hen, Har­riet.

Har­riet is a for­mer bat­tery hen col­lected from Ash­bourne An­i­mal Wel­fare.

The Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust does a fab­u­lous job of re­hom­ing these hens. They have col­lec­tion points all around the coun­try.

And yes, the hens still lay de­li­cious eggs, and en­joy their free­dom.

I be­lieve you may have done a story in the past about the Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust, a great char­ity which is al­ways on hand to as­sist with any help or an­swer any ques­tions on keep­ing ex-bat­tery hens.

Hedge­hogs also need our help, too. These lovely crea­tures are in de­cline.

I have three res­cue hedge­hogs at present. Bri­tish Hedge­hog Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety has lots of usual in­for­ma­tion on how to help hedge­hogs.

Par­tic­u­larly if one is seen out in dur­ing day­light. It needs help im­me­di­ately.

Please check bon­fires be­fore light­ing them in case hedge­hogs have made their nest in the fire­wood. Please be care­ful when strim­ming. Never feed hedge­hogs bread and milk. Cat meat in jelly, chopped chicken, cat bis­cuits are al­ways wel­comed by these lovely, in­ter­est­ing crea­tures. Along with a dish of wa­ter.

Vets usu­ally will take in an in­jured or young hedge­hog and treat with­out charge. They then con­tact a lo­cal hedge­hog res­cue cen­tre. Adèle Bon­shor Tiss­ing­ton

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