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Volunteers help hens start again

Taz Clarke with her first rescue hen, Baldy, who had lost most of her back feathers when  she was rehomed in 2011

Taz Clarke with her first rescue hen, Baldy, who had lost most of her back feathers when she was rehomed in 2011

Taz Clarke rescued her first commercial hen in 2011 and is now looking for people to follow her example.

Back in January, Taz, from Fornham St Martin, became the Bury St Edmunds co-ordinator for the nationwide charity Fresh Start for Hens (FSH) and is looking for people prepared to give homes to hens that have outlived their ‘commercial viability’ though most can live for another 2.5 years.

Taz explained: “Commercially, all hens are slaughtered after about a year of laying, when their production stops below the six eggs a week that is required to make them commercially profitable. Their carcasses are worth very little and they are usually sold for dog food, baby food or cheap processed pies.”

Nationally, FSH has about 3,000 hens coming up for rehoming on June 28. Currently about 60 are reserved for Taz’s Fornham pick up point, to which they will be taken by volunteers.

If you want to rehome hens you can register at the fresh start for hens website where you will also find tips on keeping them. The hens are £2.50 each, and that money goes back into the costs of rehoming them.

 

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