Chicken escapes slaughter by falling off the back of a lorry

PUBLISHED: 12:47 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:14 25 January 2018

Snowy was found shivering under a North Devon hedge after escaping from a lorry most likely on its way to the slaughterhouse. Picture: BHWT

Snowy was found shivering under a North Devon hedge after escaping from a lorry most likely on its way to the slaughterhouse. Picture: BHWT

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Clucky hen finds a new home with rescue charity after being discovered shivering on a North Devon road

British Hen Welfare Trust founder Jane Howorth MBE with rescued chicken Snowy. Picture: BHWT British Hen Welfare Trust founder Jane Howorth MBE with rescued chicken Snowy. Picture: BHWT

A very lucky hen that escaped death after falling from the back of a slaughter lorry has been found a new home.

The bird was found shivering under a hedge in North Devon but was picked up by a kind-hearted lady who called the charity at nearby Rose Ash.

The charity re-homes thousands of commercial hens across the country each year, but is rarely asked to help one individual commercial hen but staff could not turn her away and named her Snowy.

They believe she most likely came from a local farm for barn hens, meaning she could have ended up being turned into chicken pie or soup for sale on a supermarket shelf.

Charity founder Jane Howorth MBE has taken her on, and said: “I must thank the kind lady who picked up Snowy when so many others would have passed her by. She has no idea how lucky she is, but will now be very spoilt in my home.”

The British Hen Welfare Trust will be next re-homing in Rose Ash and South Zeal on Sunday, February 11. If you would like to adopt an ex-commercial hen all you need to do is register online at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084 to book your girls.’

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