HOARDS of hens have been given new homes by Burton folk at a special event.
Fresh Start for Hens sees rehoming sessions for former working hens held nationwide.
In Burton, the events are organised by Barry Stone from Stretton. The latest one was at his partner Tracy Watson’s home in Barton under Needwood, and has been hailed a huge success.
Mr Stone, 44, told the Mail that 75 hens were originally due to be picked up by bird lovers but, due to a miscalculation by the farmer at the enriched cage farm, where the hens were being housed, the overall figure was fewer than that. However, all of the hens were given new homes.
Mr Stone said: “The people of Burton reacted to this news with great spirit –they were glad that all hens were rehomed and none were left .
“All rehomers received at least three hens, however some had reserved a lot more and had to have their numbers reduced.
“Overall, it was a great day.”
The voluntary organisation relies on volunteers, and the Stones do not allow hens to be rehomed with people who want to sell them on.
Mr Stone became involved with the organisation Fresh Start for Hens three years ago, helping to rehome former battery and free range hens.
He said: “We make no profit from our work, doing it for our love of hens, and the joy of finding these wonderful girls a forever, happy home.
“It’s really all about the pleasure of giving these birds a better life after most have spent much of their lives in a small cage, and watching them turn from a shy bird into a cheeky pet that follows you around and learns to trust humans.”
Nationally, Fresh Start for Hens rehomed 2,823 hens at a rehoming day in September. This included 54 in Burton.
The cost of adopting a hen is a donation of around £2.50.
In total, the start-up cost of keeping a hen is around £150, once food and a coop is taken into account.