The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) says that 46 of the birds will be killed unless they are adopted, and called on people to adopt them to save their lives
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Nearly 50 hens face slaughter within a week if new homes are not found for them, an animal welfare charity has warned.
The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) says that 46 birds will be killed unless they are adopted.
A rehoming day is set to be held next Saturday at Rowlands Castle in Hampshire next week in an effort to save them, Portsmouth News reports.
The charity says domestic fowl are the fourth most popular pet in the UK.
BHWT founder Jane Howorth MBE said: “These animals aren’t often thought of as pets, but they have just as much personality as cats and dogs.
“They’ll follow you around, talk to you, play with you, cuddle you. They’re incredibly affectionate and after being saved from slaughter, they have so much love to give.
“Time and time again, the feedback we have from people who rehome our hens is how much they love them.
“Once people welcome hens into their family, they get to see what amazing, curious, funny little creatures they really are and can’t believe they didn’t do it sooner.
“You don’t need to have a huge garden or live on a farm to have chickens. All you need is a good-sized secure area for them to live in and a big heart.”
The charity says it saves more than 60,000 hens every year – with 850,000 saved from slaughter since 2005.