More battery hens will be saved from slaughter and given the chance to taste freedom for the first time thanks to a Kirton woman.
Chicken keeper Hils Davis has volunteered her home as a collection point for those wishing to rehome ex-commercial hens – making it the only one in Lincolnshire.
“These are hens which have never seen sunlight or felt grass beneath their feet,” she said. “Our collection point will mean many more being saved from slaughter and rehomed.”
Hils works with independent organisation Fresh Start For Hens, which buys chickens from commercial farms and rehomes them via volunteer-run UK collection points.
Battery hens live a miserable life and such is the stress they suffer many lose their feathers.
Despite the birds living for around 12 years, these hens are culled after 18 months as their egg production drops.
Hils keeps 17 chickens of her own, three of which are ex-battery hens.
She said: “They make great pets and like to follow you around the garden.
“Their feathers usually grow back well but this can take a while because of what they have been through.”
Those who wish to rehome the hens should make a reservation and donation of £2.50 per hen at www.freshstartforhens.co.uk
The hens will then be available for collection on the rehoming day, February 22.
Taz Ward from Fresh Start For Hens said: “Our team is made up of dedicated volunteers, all with full-time jobs and families, but we each devote some of our spare time to rehome as many commercial chickens into forever pet homes as we can. Fresh Start For Hens’ commitment is always to work legally, ethically and completely in the interests of the hens’ welfare.”