Families are being given the chance to adopt 150 hens destined for slaughter.

The British Hen Welfare Trust are holding a rehoming event in Great Totham on Saturday, March 17, where the hens are hoping to start their free range retirements in homes across Essex.

The hens are 18 months old and have been laying eggs for supermarkets to sell, or to put in processed foods like cakes and quiches.

Many of the hens have been left without a home to go to and the charity is asking anyone who can provide a new lease of life to get in touch before Friday, March 16.

Jean Gill, the charity’s Essex Co-ordinator, said: “Spring is just around the corner so it’s a great time to give some hens a loving home and watch them settle whilst you’re out in the garden.

“Please contact the British Hen Welfare Trust and register for some lovely ladies. Let’s do our best to save them all.”

Anyone interested in giving some hens a second chance is asked to register at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084.