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Battery hens rescue finding homes

Battery hen
Some 10,000 hens need new homes

A Norfolk animal welfare charity trying to save 10,000 rescued battery hens from slaughter says the appeal to find them homes is going well.

Little Hen Rescue in Newton Flotman, near Norwich, took the birds from a farmer who is closing down.

Any hens not saved by the end of June will face slaughter.

But since a BBC Look East television appeal the charity said it has been inundated with people wanting to help and it is confident all will re-homed.

Jo Egland, who runs Little Hen Rescue, previously said: "They make fantastic pets. Sometimes they are a little skinny or bald, but they soon put on weight and grow new feathers.

"They have never seen grass, or the sun. They have never had a loving cuddle, or eaten worms They can live for several more years, producing beautiful eggs in your own back garden."

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