Crates with hens Sunbathing inIf you can offer some Dorset hens a chance to enjoy a free range retirement, act now.

The British Hen Welfare Trust will be collecting a flock of 1,000 birds in the next few weeks and homes are urgently needed.

Gaynor Davies, Logistics Co-ordinator for the charity told us: “The farmer is kind enough to let us take his birds, and we have three teams ready to collect the hens in two weeks’ time, but we need to ensure that every hen has a home waiting for her when she comes out of her cage.”

All the hens were destined for slaughter, but the British Hen Welfare Trust has stepped in to save the day, despite the organisation and logistics needed to physically move 1,000 birds. they will be available from the Trust’s re-homing point at Sturminster Newton.

Local Co-ordinator for the charity, Jane Cordell, confirmed: “There’s a lot of work involved in ensuring the hens arrive safely in their free range homes, but it is so rewarding to give these lovely creatures a second start in life that nobody minds the hard work. However, we do want to make sure that every single hen has a home, and we still have a few looking for somewhere to scratch around, and enjoy having free range fun.”

The charity is appealing for anyone who is able to offer a home to contact them first by calling 01884 860084, or emailing hens@bhwt.org.uk, to ensure no hens are left behind at the farm.

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. Its aim is to see consumers and food manufacturers buy UK produced free-range eggs, resulting in a strong British egg industry where all commercial laying hens enjoy a good quality life.

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