Could you give an ex-battery hen its first taste of life outdoors?

PUBLISHED: 18:00 04 December 2017

Beaky and Flymo were saved from slaughter last Christmas.

Beaky and Flymo were saved from slaughter last Christmas.

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Hundreds of hens which have spent their lives inside a cage could be given new homes in time for Christmas.

The 18-month-old ex-battery chickens are being sent to slaughter because their egg-laying has slowed down.

The British Hen Welfare Trust charity has stepped in to save them, and it is hosting a re-homing day in Congresbury on December 17.

Rob Thomson, hen co-ordinator for Bristol, said: “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-bats to simply do it and make more Christmas wishes come true.”

The 300 hens will experience life outside a cage for the first time as long as enough people come forward to re-home them.

Anyone interested in a hen must register in advance on www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084.

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