Homes on free-range for hens
THEY have spent the first 16 months of their lives as tiny cogs in a huge egg-producing machine, but now hundreds of happy hens are looking forward to a wonderful retirement after a visit to Jimmy’s Farm.
Wherstead-based television personality Jimmy Doherty linked up with the British Hen Welfare Trust to find new homes for battery hens whose best laying days were over.
About 250 were handed over to new owners on Saturday – they will live the rest of their lives in free-range heaven.
Mr Doherty is a patron of the BHWT but this was the first time his farm had been a collection point – but it won’t be the last.
He said: “We want to do this regularly. There are a lot of people who want to give homes to ex-battery hens and I’m delighted to help out.”
You may also want to watch:
Lesley Austin from the BHWT was on-hand to give the hens to their new owners.
She said: “They are about 16 months old and at the end of their productive lives but they can still have a good retirement – they quickly get used to the free-range lifestyle. Within a few days, they’ll be scratching at the ground and eating slugs.
- 1 Six senior players - including Downes - will start pre-season with Under-23s
- 2 Town show Jacobs interest but injury holds up potential deal
- 3 League One side showing strong interest in Ipswich youngster Lankester
- 4 Ipswich Town's 2021/22 League One fixtures revealed as Blues start at home
- 5 Man arrested after more than 80 vehicles checked on day of action
- 6 Man in 50s dies following crash on Suffolk border
- 7 Mike Bacon: We needed an enormous brush.... And it looks like we are getting one!
- 8 New beginnings, old faces and a return home - what to look for on 'fixtures day'
- 9 Ipswich to face army of familiar faces as Town draw U's in EFL Trophy
- 10 Tattoo studio owner fined after refusing to close in lockdown
“They can be good for the garden.”
If you want to offer a home to ex-battery hens, register with the BHWT through their website www.bhwt.org.uk