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New lease of life for hens

Thursday 14 July

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare in Ringmer, East Sussex, has just taken in 150 organic chickens. The hens, which would have been sent to a premature death after reaching the end of their productive life on a farm, will now be found new and loving homes.


The chickens will have spent their lives in shed where a maximum of six birds can be kept per square metre, with a maximum of 3000 per shed. They will have had access to the outside world and will not have been exposed to chemicals. They do receive a better life than that of a battery hen, but once their egg production stops, they are sold on for food.

Sanctuary Manager, Wendy Holford said, “I am thrilled to have been able to take in these birds. They all seem really friendly and are really enjoying the new chicken shed we’ve been able to buy, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, who donated the money. The girls seem very settled in their new surroundings at Raystede and many of them have already laid an egg, which shows they’re relaxed.”

Raystede is now looking to raise another £2000 to build another chicken shed in the Sanctuary, which will enable them to take in even more hens in the future to find new homes for. Anyone interested in rehoming chickens or in making a donation should call 01825 840252.

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