What a day! Over 500 hens saved from slaughter, re-homed from our field!
We’d been keen to make available our location as a BHWT re-homing point, and when our team’s usual venue wasn’t available we were able to step in and offer our field. In the space of a few days, we had a field that was waist high with grass and not easy to drive onto transformed into a smartly cut area with a widened entrance for cars that was stoned for easier access to the field. The other volunteers rallied and very soon we had additional crates for the transport of the hens, fencing, a gazebo and we were able to find a local hire company with a stock trailer that we could use to carry the additional 200 hens that we were able to re-home.
The BHWT team at Hen Central did an amazing job to find homes for all 535 hens through email, social media and local radio campaigns and this meant that as we went into the re-homing day itself we knew that all the hens we could take from the farm would have loving homes awaiting them.
The day itself went well. The hens were picked up from a farm at 8am and we arrived back home around 10am, leaving an hour before the first re-homers were due to arrive. In that time we put up the gazebo and unloaded the hens from their crates to a fenced area in the field. It was a sunny, warm day (thankfully it wasn’t raining!) and the hens had some shade from a large tree and the gazebo, though it was heart-warming to see some of them flop to the ground and stretch out a wing to sunbathe!
There were a few teething problems that were soon resolved – we’d set up a queuing system for the cars, but would change this slightly the next time, but overall things ran to plan and before we knew it 2pm came round and the last of the re-homers had left.
We made the short trip from the field to our fridge, poured a couple of long cool drinks, then sat down for a few minutes to try and take it what had just happened! The tiredness, planning, organising, early starts and lifting crates didn’t matter – we’d help save 535 lives, and that’s an amazing feeling!