Hundreds of hens saved in West Norfolk

Chickens waiting for their new owners to collect them. Picture: Chris Bishop

Chickens waiting for their new owners to collect them. Picture: Chris Bishop


Animal lovers in West Norfolk saved 300 hens from being slaughtered over the weekend.

They were among 6,000 birds across the country which were found new homes at the end of their laying careers.

The British Hen Welfare Trust is a national charity which helps re-home chickens destined for slaughter. It gives them to people to keep as pets.

Its West Norfolk branch holds regular re-homing days at a village near King’s Lynn.

Jane Howorth MBE, who founded the charity, said: “I am in awe of the dedication of our volunteers around the country who make such a difference to so many hens. Everyone deserves a huge pat on the back for their efforts.”

The charity, which staunchly supports the British egg industry, is heading towards a grand total of hens re-homed of 650,000 with just another 10,000 before the target is met.

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