RSPCA Find Me A Home: Help chickens get home to roost

PUBLISHED: 13:01 15 October 2011

Chickens at RSPCA Southridge

Chickens at RSPCA Southridge

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A HUNDRED ex-battery hens are looking for kind and caring new homes, and staff at RSPCA Southridge are hoping Welwyn Hatfield Times readers can help.

“These birds have suffered an existence that no living creature should ever be subjected to,” said Anna White, manager of the rescue and rehoming centre in Packhorse Lane, South Mimms.

“They have been literally entombed in wire cages with no more space than a piece of A4 paper allowed for each chicken.

“We are desperate for homes for them. They are easy to look after and staff are only too happy to give any advice needed.

“Plus, once they are fully settled they will give you tasty fresh eggs.”

Anna said: “I am totally hooked on ex-battery hens.

“Being able to offer them the chance to exhibit normal behaviour, which they couldn’t do before, is really rewarding – for them and for the adopter.

“Sadly there is a never-ending stream of these poor creatures needing our help. Through no fault of theirs fate dealt them a terrible hand.

“We now have the chance to put this right and give them the life they deserve.

“They have had their beaks clipped, with little attention to the accuracy of the procedure – some of them are totally bald where they have been literally plucked alive by the other chickens sharing their cages.”

Fortunately, Anna said, their feathers will grow back.

“They have never felt the sun on their backs until arriving at Southridge, never drunk the dew from the grass, never bathed in the dust or scratched for food – all the things that birds naturally love to do.

“As soon as they are given their freedom they leap at the chance to do everything they could not do before.

“Can you offer them a home for the rest of their lives?

“They will need a warm, dry secure hen house and an area to roam around in, fresh food and water, tasty vegetables and treats.

“In return they will make you smile as you watch their comical antics – and when they feel well enough and fully settled they will give you lovely fresh eggs.”

* If you can offer some of the Southridge hens a home please contact the animal centre on 0300 123 0704, email southridge@rspca.org.uk or you can visit – the centre is open every day except Wednesdays from 11am until 4.15pm (open from 1pm on Sundays).


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