Egg-citing rescue day sees hundreds of hens given new homes thanks to Wigan organisation

More than 700 hens are beginning new lives in gardens across Wigan and further afield after being saved from slaughter.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 7:00 am

Amberswood-based Lucky Hens Rescue held a rehoming day for people to collect the birds and give them new homes.

A farm due to close has agreed the feathered creatures can be taken by Lucky Hens and found new owners, rather than being sent to be killed.

A total of 712 birds were saved and are now settling into their new homes, which are currently undercover due to an outbreak of bird flu.

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Hazel McGuinness with one of the hens
Hazel McGuinness with one of the hens

There are hopes that a further 1,200 still in cages can be rescued on further rehoming days scheduled for March 13 and 27.

Lucky Hens has saved more than 30,000 birds since it was founded in 2010 by Alison Thorpe to rescue and rehome caged hens which had been involved in commercial egg production.

For more information about Lucky Hens Rescue and to request hens, go to

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Amelia Chatterley, eight, collects the eggs the newly arrived hens have laid
More than 700 hens were rehomed