Welcome to Fresh Start for Hens
We are a not for profit organisation, run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to rehoming hens from the commercial egg production sector.
OUR AIM is to ensure as many people as possible are aware of the plight of the commercial hen, and demonstrate that there are alternatives to early slaughter.
OUR COMMITMENT is to rehome as many hens as we can into suitable homes, where they can live out the rest of their natural lives.
OUR GOAL is to educate the public about the ethical benefits of buying free range eggs, whilst supporting the work of British farmers.
Commercially, all laying hens are slaughtered at the age of 72 weeks, when their production drops slightly. Their carcasses are worth very little and are usually sold for dog food, baby food or cheap, processed pies etc. We work closely with British farmers and purchase the hens from the caged, barn and free range systems, just before their slaughter date. While these hens are often referred to as ex battery hens, the old style battery cages are no longer in use, with a new style, enriched colony cage being used instead.
We rehome hens to a diverse range of individuals wanting hens as pets or companion animals. Hens have begun their new lives in town, city and country gardens, allotments, schools and residential care homes. You don’t need to have a big garden to keep a few hens, they will be grateful for the additional years of freedom you can offer them and reward you with their entertaining antics and probably an egg or two. To this end, we do not rehome to people wishing sell them on or for further commercial purposes.
Registering for Hens and Ducks
9th March – 1800 Free Range hens – reservations now closed!
16th March – 3000 Organic Free Range hens – reservations now closed!
23rd March – 3000 Organic Free Range hens – reservations now closed!
6th & 13th April – 5500 Organic Free Range hens (Macs farm) – reservations open!
20th April – 2400 Free Range hens (Cornhill) – reservations now open!
To reserve hens from one of the above locations or to take part in one of our upcoming rescues, please visit click on the “register” section on the website.
Demand for hens is very high at the moment, hence we are working far in advance. Please ensure you send photos and donation with your reservation to guarantee you get your hens.
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