THERE are 165 hens in Crowthorne looking for homes having been saved from slaughter. 

That's according to new figures released by the British Hen Welfare Trust, who are appealing for people to come forward and home the birds. 

A lot of these birds have never seen sunlight, and have spent the first 18 months of their lives laying eggs for commercial use.

When their egg laying slows down, they are deemed no longer useful, and sent to slaughter. 

Gaynor Davies, the charity’s Head of Operations, said: “There is no better feeling than watching these girls flourish after they emerge from the commercial system. 

"They have a full bill of health and will soon become much-loved pets. With a bit of TLC they become incredibly tame, and they’re often described as cats and dogs with feathers.

“If you’ve ever considered giving some ex-bats a home my only advice would be to do it. You won’t regret it.”

On Sunday August 20, there will be a re-homing in Duke's Ride in Crowthorne, which you can apply to participate in via 01884 860084.