British Hen Welfare Trust near South Molton expects to bid goodbye to it half millionth hen this month

A South Molton chicken charity is preparing to break records with a hen in a half million.

The British Hen Welfare Trust is bidding to rehome its 500,000th hen, the latest ex-commercial laying bird to be rescued by the charity.

On Sunday a ‘pop-up’ hen collection will be held by the charity at its Rose Ash centre, with visitors invited to come along and meet the birds looking for caring, free-range homes.

The 500,000th hen is called ‘Dee’ because ‘D’ is 500,000 in roman numerals and the person who adopts her will receive a package of free goodies to help Dee and a few of her friends settle into a free range life.

The package will include a year’s feed supply courtesy of The Smallholder Range, and a Cube from trendy hen house manufacturer, Omlet.

The British Hen Welfare Trust was set up 10 years ago by Jane Howorth, who recently received an MBE for her work.

She said: “We are seriously excited about Dee now, we know she is coming out in January and she will be one of the lucky hens at one of our hen collections around the country during the month.”

The charity also encourages support for the British egg industry and aims to educate the public on how they can make a difference to hen welfare through making simple changes to their shopping habits.

To give Dee, and a few of her friends, a second chance at life, call the charity on 01884 860084 or email hens@bhwt.co.uk.