Plans hatched for new hen rehoming centre

Charity founder Jane Howorth hopes someone will rehome their 500,000th hen.

Charity founder Jane Howorth hopes someone will rehome their 500,000th hen. - Credit: Archant

British Hen Welfare Trust submits plans for new centre at South Molton

How the new British Hen Welfare Trust centre will appear.

How the new British Hen Welfare Trust centre will appear. - Credit: Archant

Plans have been hatched to build a new hen re-homing and education centre in North Devon.

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) has submitted an application to North Devon Council to build the centre at Hen Central in Rose Ash, near South Molton.

It comes after rapid expansion for the charity in recent years and, in January, it re-homed its 500,000th hen.

At present, the BHWT re-homes chcikens out of a garage at Hen Central, which can present difficulties, meaning the charity urgently needs a secure chicken and visitor-friendly building.


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As well as providing a dedicated re-homing base in North Devon, the centre will also be used for educational training, inviting in schools and individuals to find out more about hen-keeping, hen-health, the work of the charity and more.

If approved, it will be built on a piece of land next to Hope Chapel in Rose Ash.

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The charity sees people travel from far and wide to collect hens which they then take home as pets – saving the birds from slaughter.

Founder Jane Howorth said: “This is an incredible opportunity to expand the work of the BHWT, which has already done so much to improve the lives of thousands of ex-commercial hens.

“I am really excited about potentially providing a purpose-built centre, which will not only be a facility for re-homing hens, but can also educate schoolchildren, businesses and individuals alike about hen welfare.

“We hope our supporters, partners and the public will get behind us to support the development which, if approved, will require us to fundraise in the near future.”

It is estimated the build will cost around £200,000 which the BHWT hopes to raise through donations.

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