Fresh Start For Hens CIC
We are a registered CIC organisation, run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to rehoming hens from the commercial egg production sector. In 2019, we rehomed 47,313 ex-commercial girls.
At the age of 72 weeks, commercial hens are deemed commercially unviable when their egg production drops slightly. They are sent to slaughter and are usually sold for dog food, baby food or cheap processed pies.
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.
We work closely with British farmers and purchase hens from 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 and enriched colony cages take their place.
We currently have over 100 collection points across England and Wales but, we’re always looking for new volunteers, if you think you could help, please visit the volunteering section of our website.
We have a great online support system to offer help and advice before and during rehoming. If you think you could rehome some of our girls, please get in touch or add yourselves to our waiting list via the website.