Hen welfare charity, the British Hen Welfare Trust, will be holding a re-homing day on Saturday 29th November and hopes to find new homes for hundreds of ex-bat hens this Christmas.

The national charity is well-known for its pioneering work in re-homing commercial laying hens and through its nationwide team of volunteers has found homes for over 430,000 hens since it started in 2005. The charity operates out of its main office in Devon and finds new homes for hens right across the UK.

On 29th November, 450 hens will get the chance to enjoy an early Christmas courtesy of our Devon team and embark on an exciting and new free range future. Local Co-ordinator for the charity, Gaynor Davies, and her team of dedicated volunteers have helped over 50,000 hens so far, and will be giving up their time to help more. Gaynor told us: “These birds have worked hard in the commercial environment and giving them a home for Christmas and beyond will reward adopters with a feel-good factor better than any wrapped prezzie under the Christmas tree. Please help us give as many hens as possible the opportunity to enjoy some free range fun.”

The lucky hens, which would otherwise go to slaughter at the end of their commercial life aged just over 18 months, are being re-homed to kind-hearted members of the public, and will go on to become much-loved family pets. To reserve some hens please get in touch with the charity at Hen Central before the re-homing date. Just think you could be enjoying free range eggnog with family and friends this Christmas using eggs from your own hens - how eggciting!

The charity is appealing for anyone who is able to offer a permanent home to contact them first by calling 01884 860084, or emailing hens@bhwt.org.uk. A donation is requested to cover costs and help save more hens from slaughter. Please note hens must be reserved in advance.

To find out more and to reserve some hens, please email the charity at hens@bhwt.org.uk, call 01884 860084 or visit www.bhwt.org.uk