Some 4,000 hens need new homes
An animal welfare charity has launched an appeal to re-home 4,000 battery hens that are being removed from a farm on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.
Little Hen Rescue in Newton Flotman near Norwich has agreed to take the birds from a farmer, who is not being named, to save them from slaughter.
The poultry are classed as 'spent hens' and are about 72 weeks old.
According to the charity they still lay eggs but are usually killed at this age because production is thought to wane.
Jo Egland, who runs Little Hen rescue, 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."