HUNDREDS of ex-battery hens destined for slaughter need to be saved from their fate in the New Year.

The hens, which have been freed from battery cages, are being re-homed by the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) this month.

During the first 18 months of their life, the ex-commercial hens will have been laying eggs to be bought in supermarkets and to be put into processed foods.

After this time, their egg laying passes its peak and they are sent to slaughter, unless the BHWT steps in to save them.

Two hundred and forty hens will be looking for homes on Sunday, January 7, at Bourton, but so far only 58 of them have homes.

The charity is encouraging anyone with space in their back garden to get in touch and possibly save a life.

Victoria Daniels, Bourton co-ordinator, said: “These hens don’t know how lucky they are.

“They’re the small few who will avoid the slaughter lorry and start their year in the best possible way by becoming much-loved pets. You’ll even get a few eggs in return for saving their lives. They really do become part of the family, so if you’re able to help, please call.”

The BHWT re-homed 59,000 hens in 2017 and is hoping for the same in 2018.

To re-home some birds register your details at and call 01884 860084 to speak to the charity’s re-homing team who will be able to provide more information.