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Could you Ho Ho Home some hens this Christmas?


Forget 5 golden rings or 4 calling birds, could you give a home to 3 ex-bat hens this Christmas? Thousands of hens are soon to be given the Christmas gift of a second chance in life thanks to hen welfare charity, the British Hen Welfare Trust.

The lucky hens, which would otherwise go to slaughter at the end of their commercial life, will hopefully be re-homed to kind hearted members of the public, and go on to enjoy a festive free range retirement.

Jane Howorth, founder of the charity told us: “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.”

Jane continued: “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 laid eggs!”

Take a look at the charities re-homing dates coming up this month:

14th November
York, San Hutton
Bristol, Backwell
Somerset, Farrington Gurney
Wiltshire, Cheltenham
Dorset, Sturminster Newton

28th November
Lancashire, St Helens & Haslingdon
Lincolnshire, Aunby
Shropshire, Overton
Milton Keynes
Coventry, Allesley
Rotherham, Thurcroft
Oxford, Didcot

If you would like to offer some hens a home or have a little more room in your hen house and space for another Christmas stocking please call the charity at Hen Central on 01884 860084.

The British Hen Welfare Trust is a national charity that re-homes commercial laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare and encourages support for the British egg industry. Later this year the charity hopes to meet Dee, their soon to be 500,000th lucky hen – ‘D’ is 500,000 in roman numerals. You can follow their Countdown to Dee here www.bhwt.org.uk/countdowntodee

fresh bedDid you know that we produce Fresh Bed for Chickens – a chopped straw bedding with pine oil added for its natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Developed in association with the British Hen Welfare Trust, Fresh Bed is designed to keep your hens feeling warm and cosy.