News Hen Charity Celebrates Dee Day



Hen charity celebrates Dee day
26th January 2016

By Karen Pickwick

It was a special day for one lucky, clucky hen on Saturday (January 23) because she set a world record for chicken charity the British Hen Welfare Trust. 

Dee, so-called because ‘D’ represents 500 in roman numerals, became the half a millionth hen to be saved from slaughter and re-homed as a family pet by the national charity, first started in 2005.

The feathered first was taken from a commercial egg farm in the West Midlands and adopted by the Elliott family, from Rugby, who will now ensure she is given a suitably egg-ceptional free range retirement as a result of her record-breaking status.

Julie Elliott, and her daughter, Rosie, said that re-homing the charity’s 500,000th hen would be a day they would always remember.

The British Hen Welfare Trust not only re-homes hens at the end of their commercial life, but educates the public about laying hen welfare. The charity has also been instrumental in influencing food manufacturers such as Hellmann’s, which switched to using only free range eggs in its product range, and believes its re-homing initiative has helped to indirectly build a bridge between welfare and commerce.