Give a hen a home this Christmas - don’t put it on the slaughter truck

PUBLISHED: 15:49 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:49 07 December 2017

Hundreds of Cambridgeshire hens are hoping to enjoy their first Christmas in a safe new home - here is Beaky and Flymo enjoying theirs

Hundreds of Cambridgeshire hens are hoping to enjoy their first Christmas in a safe new home - here is Beaky and Flymo enjoying theirs

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Three hundred abandoned hens are hoping to enjoy their first Christmas in a safe environment – and Cambridgeshire families are being invited to give them a secure future.

The British Hen Welfare Trust is appealing to the public to come forward and offer up their back gardens to a small flock of ex-commercial hens.

Jane Osgathorp, Cambridge co-ordinator, said: “Christmas is a feel-good time of year, and nothing is more rewarding than knowing you’ve saved lives by re-homing these hens.

“They’re the most wonderful pets, and I’d urge anyone considering adopting some ex-commercial girls to simply do it and make more Christmas wishes come true.”

There are 300 hens hoping to avoid the slaughter lorry, and they’ll be re-homed in Godmanchester on Saturday December 23.

These hens are 18 months old and risk being sent to slaughter because their egg laying may have slowed down or become somewhat irregular.

A spokesman said: “Though it may be wet and miserable outside, hens would love nothing more than to experience crisp fresh air and dewy grass under their feet for the first time.

To re-home some hens simply register your details at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084 to speak to the charity’s re-homing team who will tell you everything you need to know.

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