Charity urges Warwickshire residents to experience 'pet hen effect' - The Leamington Observer

Charity urges Warwickshire residents to experience 'pet hen effect'

Leamington Editorial 23rd Feb, 2022   0

A HEN rehoming day is taking place in Kineton.

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) saves around 60,000 hens from slaughter every year and rehomes them as family pets.

It was established in 2005 by Jane Howorth and is Britain’s first registered charity concerned with rehoming laying hens while improving hen welfare across commercial and domestic sectors.

And it is encouraging people in Warwickshire to experience ‘the pet hen effect’ – a phenomenon reported by those who have taken on rescued hens from the charity.

A spokesperson explained: “More and more people are experiencing the joy of hen keeping and learning that pet chickens are as curious as cats and as loyal as dogs, with bags of affection and the added bonus of supplying a steady stream of fresh eggs.

“The charity regularly receives photos from adopters of pet hens that have well and truly integrated into family life, alongside tales of how loving, entertaining, and calming their chickens can be.”

Those who would like to experience ‘the pet hen effect’ for themselves can register their interest by Thursday March 3 before attending the event on the following Sunday (March 6).

While there is no fee, the charity does ask for a donation to cover adoption costs and hen welfare campaigning work, such as veterinary and education programmes.

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