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Rescued hens on way to new homes

Battery hen
Some 10,000 hens needed new homes

Ten thousand hens rescued from slaughter by a Norfolk charity are on their way to new homes.

Little Hen Rescue, in Newton Flotman, near Norwich, offered to take the birds from a farmer who is closing down, to save them from slaughter.

Any birds not re-homed would have been killed but after an appeal enough people came forward.

Emma Hayes from the charity said the last 1000 birds have been picked up from the farmer.

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