Hundreds of hens rehomed with animal charity Wood Green after being rescued from commercial conditions

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 April 2015

Julie Lankshear from the British Hen Welfare Trust, William Cook, Bethany Carr, Sarah Carr and Wood Green’s Marie Channer.

Julie Lankshear from the British Hen Welfare Trust, William Cook, Bethany Carr, Sarah Carr and Wood Green's Marie Channer.

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Hundreds of commercial hens have been rescued from oppressive conditions and rehomed with an animal charity.

Two of the re-homed hens.Two of the re-homed hens.

Two weeks ago, British Hen Welfare Trust and Wood Green staged a rehoming rescue for former commercial hens.

Now, more than 300 birds are enjoying a life of improved welfare at Wood Green’s Godmanchester headquarters.

The hens are available for adoption, with some already having found new homes.

Sarah Carr travelled from just outside King’s Lynn with her five-year-old daughter Bethany to claim 10 of the hens.

The hens were rescued from commercial conditions by Wood Green and the British Hen Welfare Trust.The hens were rescued from commercial conditions by Wood Green and the British Hen Welfare Trust.

She said: “I’ve always wanted hens and had been searching online to find out about rehoming, so we jumped at the chance to take 10 from this latest rescue.

“My daughter has been incredibly excited in the lead-up to the big day, and has been watching us build a coop and run in preparation.

“She’s named some of the hens after Frozen characters, and was delighted to find we had six eggs on the first morning of having them.”

Marie Channer, animal welfare manager at Wood Green, said: “We are delighted to be working with British Hen Welfare Trust on these rescues and enabling ex commercial birds to have a better existence.

“We have a number of families on our list here at Wood Green who keep hens and are keen to take some of our new intake, and we look forward to hearing from anyone else who is interested in rehoming from the new arrivals.”

Julie Lankshear, of British Hen Welfare Trust, added: “It is great to see these healthy, strong girls enjoying some well-earned freedom.

“Very soon they will be settled in their new homes, thanks to the amazing response that we’ve received from the public.”

If you are interested in rehoming hens go to www.woodgreen.org.uk. To find out more about future re-homing events go to www.bhwt.org.uk

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