200 Hens Looking For Homes
8:17am 19th December 2014
It may sound hen-credible but RSPCA inspectors are looking for new homes for over 200 hens in Dorset in time for Christmas.
They've been looking after a rooster called Llooyd and his fellow 227 feathered lady friends who were taken into care after their owner became overwhelmed by the sheer number of birds.
The birds had been suffering from a condition called Mycoplasma but now they have been nursed back to health they are ready to head off to their new homes.
Inspector Patrick Bailey said: "Now they are back to being healthy we are hoping there are some kind members of the public who would like to offer them a new home in time for Christmas."
"These birds have just recovered from an illness so we would ideally be looking to rehome them somewhere in the Dorset or Hampshire area so they do not have to travel far to get to their new homes."
"The condition is unlikely to have a negative impact on the hens, they will still be capable of laying and living a perfectly normal life, but their husbandry will need to be maintained to a high standard as stress and poor living conditions can cause an outbreak."
"Even if people are not able to offer a home to the birds but would be willing to donate a sack of Poultry Corn or some cabbages - their favourite treat - to RSPCA Ashley Heath to help us look after them, that would be gratefully received."
Anyone who would like to rehome any of the hens should contact the RSPCA Rehoming Appeal Line on 0300 123 8484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org leaving their name, address and best contact number. The RSPCA is requesting a donation of £1 per bird.
Anyone keeping 50 or more birds is required by Defra to register with the Great Britain Poultry Register, in order to help the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency get in touch in the event of any disease outbreaks.