Hen rehoming session at South Marston

By Barrie Hudson - 26 August 2022

  • A hen enjoying a dust bath

    A hen enjoying a dust bath

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) is rehoming ex-commercial hens in 16 different locations across the country on the weekend of 3 and 4 September.

The organisation has more than 4,000 hens waiting to find new homes, and one of the rehoming sessions will be held at South Marston on 3 September.

Anybody who feels able to give some hens a home is invited to get in touch with the trust.

Commercial laying hens are typically sent to slaughter at around 18 months old, which is where the BHWT steps in to rehome them as pets.

According to the trust, the UK’s lack of rain may be bad news for our flowerbeds, but it does mean hens around the UK get to enjoy extra dust baths, which are a hen's way of getting clean.

Charity founder Jane Howorth MBE said: “These hens are waiting patiently with their bags packed, hoping we’ll be on our way to pick them up and send them off to a back garden where they can dust bathe to their hearts’ delight.

“So, if you’ve got a particularly dusty flowerbed and aren’t precious about a hen turning it into a spa, we’d love to hear from you.”

Places at the rehoming can be booked by visiting http://www.bhwt.org.uk

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