North Devon charity sees hen in a half million rehomed

Dee, pictured with new owner Julie Elliott and her daughter Rosie, plus founder Jane Howorth and Ian

Dee, pictured with new owner Julie Elliott and her daughter Rosie, plus founder Jane Howorth and Ian Farrar, co-ordinator for the Coventry re-homing team. - Credit: Archant

The British Hen Welfare Trust celebrates a historic milestone

Dee the hen

Dee the hen - Credit: Archant

One lucky hen has become the 500,000th bird to be rehomed by the British Hen Welfare Trust.

‘Dee’, literally a hen in a half million, has been given a new home by the Elliott family from Rugby.

The national charity was set up in South Molton 10 years ago by Jane Howorth MBE to save ex-commercial hens from slaughter.

The charity has centres around the country and Dee – so called because D represents 500 in Roman numerals – came from a commercial egg farm in the West Midlands.


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Julie Elliott, and her daughter Rosie (aged five) said that re-homing the charity’s 500,000th hen would be a day they would always remember. “All I could think was this is like something out of one of Rosie’s storybooks and I can’t believe this is happening to us,” said Julie.

“Thank you to the British Hen Welfare Trust from the bottom of our hearts, thank you, for choosing us to be Dee’s forever family. She is beautiful and such a sweet girl, we had completely fallen in love with her long before we even got her home.”

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Jane added: “I have championed the battery hen since I was 17, they are the under-valued underdogs of the domesticated animal world in my view.

“I’m incredibly grateful to all the people that have helped to make it happen, especially our wonderful volunteers and of course the charity’s supporters who have adopted our gorgeous feathered friends over the years. The concept of hens as pets is now firmly on the map.”

The charity has a number of celebrity patrons, including Jamie Oliver, Amanda Holden and Jimmy Doherty. Jamie congratulated it, saying: “The British Hen Welfare Trust has always supported the British egg industry whilst carrying out their work.

“I like their positive campaign style and introducing kids to the joys of hen keeping provides a valuable lesson in where our food comes from.”

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