Can you make it a happy new year for hens?

Give a hen a home
Give a hen a home

Could you give a hen a happy start to the new year?

The British Hen Welfare trust will a holding a pop-­up hen collection in Milton Keynes on Saturday, for hundreds of former commercial laying hens that would otherwise be destined for slaughter.

Since 2005, the charity has found homes for nearly 500,000 hens, from more than pop-­up locations run by volunteers across the UK.

Local co-ordinator Janice Spokes said: “After receiving so many gifts at Christmas, January is a great time to consider re­homing some of our gorgeous girls. It’s a nice way to give a little something back.

“Ex-­bats are naturally amiable and simple to keep, making them ideal pets for families and first-time chicken keepers. If you haven’t adopted hens before, it’s incredibly rewarding and the feel-­good factor in saving lives is simply unbeatable.”

Hens need to be reserved in advance, and directions to the re­homing site will be given once your registration is complete. Call Hen Central on 01884 860084 or email