Thousands of hens are looking for furry friends to spend their days with this spring.

The ex-commercial hens, currently sat in cages laying eggs for supermarkets, will soon be rescued from slaughter and re-homed by the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) at various locations across the UK.

Sunbathing, dust bathing and checking out their new coop is first on the agenda, but these hens have also told us they want dogs, cats, rabbits and other furry creatures to share their freedom with.

Francesca Taffs, marketing officer at the BHWT, said: “It’s a common misconception that hens won’t get along with other family pets, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, we’ve known these ex-bats to become quite attached to cats, dogs and even llamas. So long as they know their place in the pecking order, everyone will get along just fine.”

The BHWT is re-homing 200 hens in Liskeard on Saturday, May 19. To re-home your own birds and have fresh eggs delivered to your nest box simply register at and then call 01884 860084 to complete your booking.