BATTERY hens that have spent their lives in cages are looking forward to a happy retirement.
A total of 236 hens from Denmead have been rehomed and taken in by 51 families from across Hampshire thanks to the efforts of British Hen Welfare Trust.
Novice hen keepers, the Hyslop family from Lee-on-the-Solent, were very happy to offer a free-range retirement home to the four hens they collected.
Young Baily, pictured, was very excited about taking them home to their new home-made chicken coop.
The hens would otherwise have gone to slaughter at the end of their commercial life.
Alice Moneypenny, a volunteer at the charity, said: ‘Ex-battery hens are so rewarding, not only do you get the satisfaction of saving them from slaughter, you also get the most delicious eggs in your own garden. They have great characters, and are ideal pets for first-time keepers and families.’
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