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  1. Hello, I received this email from my contact at the BHWT and I hope you don't mind me passing it on, although this is focused on the North West it apply to the whole country. Contact details are towards the bottom. I hope you do not mind me contacting you as a previous rehomer of ex bat hens from ourselves. As the impending ban on barren battery cages draws ever closer, during the next few weeks and the rest of December we have access to a lot of battery hens from farmers who are looking to empty their barren cages before the ban comes in on January 1st. We want to take as many hens as we can and rehome as many as we can but we can't do it alone. Facebook and Twitter are excellent for reaching lots of people; could you tweet or post about our appeal for homes, blog about it or add it to your website? Maybe you have an intranet at work on which you could post, letting people know that BHWT are looking for rehomers to take in the last UK battery hens. To make things even more difficult on the rehoming front, at this time of year, our bookings traditionally slow down although as mentioned above we do have access to lots of hens at the moment and I am hoping this appeal will also generate more homes for hens coming out of their cages soon. I have a rehoming day on 7th January with still lots of space for bookings. However, we have a farm in Yorkshire who is closing in a few weeks and if we have enough bookings, I can arrange to collect as many hens as possible from them before they go to slaughter. Sophie, our new Wigan co-ordinator, has lots of space in December too. If we have the bookings and the weather is being kind to us to allow pickup from the farms, we can also continue rehoming hens through to Spring 2012. Hens can cope well with colder weather provided certain precautions are taken (see attached) although the hens we are currently taking out are mostly well feathered already. If you email me back confirming you can take some more girls, and how soon that would be great. If you want to wait until Spring, then that is fine too - just let me know and I will put you on a future list. You obviously do not need to respond unless you are in a position to take any more. Regards Adèle Hall Co-ordinator British Hen Welfare Trust, Haslingden, Rossendale http://www.bhwt.org.uk BHWT Careline for concerns about Ex Battery hens rehomed from ourselves: 01362 822904 - bhwtcareline@smallholderfeed.co.uk Rehoming Day Bookings, queries etc (excluding Bank Holidays) Mon-Fri 9.30 am to 4.30 pm Devon Office - 01769 580310 Mon-Fri 9.30 am to 4.00 pm Adele Hall, Haslingden - 0161 408 8355 New Rehomers, register your details at: http://www.bhwt.org.uk/cms/register-your-details/ To see our Ex Bat Caresheet visit http://www.bhwt.org.uk/cms/caring-for-hens/ To sponsor a hen visit http://www.bhwt.org.uk/cms/index.php/sponsor-a-hen/ To make a donation visit http://www.bhwt.org.uk/cms/index.php/fundraising/ The British Hen Welfare Trust is a small, national charity that re-homes commercial laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry. Its ultimate aim is to see consumers and food manufacturers buying only UK produced free-range eggs, resulting in a strong British egg industry where all commercial laying hens enjoy a good quality life.

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