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Hen charity has cracking good year
31st December 2018

By Karen Pickwick



A national hen charity has sent nearly 70,000 hens off to enjoy life as family pets during the past 12 months in its most successful year to date.

The British Hen Welfare Trust re-homes hens that have been laying eggs for the first 18 months of their lives and would have been sent to slaughter had the charity not stepped in.

And 2018 has proven that enthusiasm for hen-keeping continues to grow, with the charity recording 11,810 adoptions throughout the year, equating to 69,756 hens finding new homes.

Jane Howorth, founder of the BHWT, said: “Watch out cats and dogs, hens are on the march, and have the accolade of most popular pet in their sights. To have re-homed nearly 70,000 hens this year is phenomenal, that’s 70,000 feathery family pets all now enjoying life.

“On top of this we were crowned JustGiving Charity of the Year during 2018 – a year which has also seen us begin working with a globally renowned avian vet to help improve treatments for pet hens, and collaborate with Defra and Scottish and Welsh governments to improve communications to pet hen keepers.

“I’m very proud of what my hardworking team of staff, volunteers and supporters collectively achieve, and look forward to continuing to put hens firmly on the map as the fabulous family pets they deserve to be.”