1,100 hens saved from slaughter by being rehomed in Hertfordshire
A charity has saved 1,100 hens from slaughter and found them new homes in Hertfordshire in 2021.
The birds were all ex-layers rehomed by the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) at adoption days held during the year.
The hens are around 18 months old, the age at which they become commercially unviable from an egg-laying perspective and are sent for slaughter.
However, the trust says that if rehomed, they will continue to lay eggs and become affectionate, friendly pets that can live for many years.
Every year the BHWT saves 60,000 hens from slaughter. While an outbreak of avian influenza has currently stopped hen rehomings, the charity says it will be back up and running early next year.