Commercial hens start laying eggs when they are about four months old. By 18 months, their output declines and they are typically sent to slaughter.
Keen to rescue them from this fate and give them a better life, the British Hen Welfare Trust works to rehome chickens across the UK.
The charity started in 2005 with the modest goal of rehoming 100 hens. To date, it has rehomed nearly 1 million of them.
The Devon-based charity now works with commercial egg farmers around the UK, who give up their hens once their laying capabilities start to decline.
“The farmers give us their hens to rehome because they want a nicer life for them - they want them to go on and have a free-range retirement,” explains Francesca Mapp, BHWT’s marketing consultant.
Source: Euro News Green