A HEN charity is urging people across Berkshire to give a hen a home across the Easter Holidays in order to save their life.

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) rehomes hens who have reached the end of their commercial egg laying life, which saves them from slaughter.

Jane Howorth, founder of the BHWT, said: “These hens have been saved from slaughter and thanks to the kindness of local people, enjoy a free-range retirement.

"They really do make lovely pets, forming their own lovely characters and becoming beloved members of the household. The bonus of course is the possibility of fresh eggs in the morning”.

The charity finds new homes for over 50,000 hens annually and is encouraging Berkshire residents to attend their rehoming day on Easter Sunday, April 21.

Mr Howorth added: “We still have hens looking for homes on Easter Sunday, 21 April, so if you can offer some of these little ladies a fresh start, please do get in touch.”

A total of 240 will be at the rehoming event in Crowthorne, Bracknell.

For information about the charity, visit: https://www.bhwt.org.uk/.