Adoption event taking place to save hens from slaughter

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A Wigan-based not-for-profit organisation is asking local residents to save hens from slaughter again in return for a small donation.

Lucky Hens, based in Hindley, continue to save battery farm chickens that are discarded once their egg production drops slightly. At the age of 72 weeks, they are normally used to produce cheap and processed food.

By working with local farmers Lucky Hens saves as many birds as possible on a regular basis, and holds re-homing days every one to two months.

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They are rehomed with all kinds of people living in all different types of homes: from town houses with yards to country gardens, a massive outdoor space isn’t needed to keep a few hens and give them a couple additional years of freedom.

Lucky Hens are holding another rehoming event on November 12Lucky Hens are holding another rehoming event on November 12
Lucky Hens are holding another rehoming event on November 12

The next rescue day is scheduled to go ahead on November 12 and availability remains should an application form be filled in. Additionally a donation of at least £5 must be made prior to taking the bird home.

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Once the time slot is confirmed, prospective owners must bring along their own suitable carriers or ventilated boxes in order to transport the hen home.

From November 7 there will be a housing order in England which means anyone keeping hens will need to ensure they are fully protected from wild birds to avoid the spread of avian flu.

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Hens can still have access outside but owners will need to either fit netting or plastic sheeting to protect them from wild birds getting into their runs.

Some symptoms of bird flu include closed and excessively watery eyes, twisting of the head and neck and lethargy and depression.

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