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Fresh Start for Hens Rehoming 5,000 this month

Ever wondered what happens to hens when they stop laying eggs?

Welcome to Fresh Start for Hens!

FSFH are a not for profit organisation, run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to rehoming hens from the commercial egg production sector.

Their 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.

Their commitment is to rehome as many hens as they can into suitable homes, where they can live out the rest of their natural lives.

Their goal is to educate the public about the ethical benefits of buying free range eggs, whilst supporting the work of British farmers.

Commercially, all laying hens are slaughtered at the age of 72 weeks, when their production drops slightly. Their carcasses are worth very little and are usually sold for dog food, baby food or cheap, processed pies etc. We work closely with British farmers and purchase the hens from the caged, barn and free range systems, just before their slaughter date.

Fresh Start for Hens rehome hens to a diverse range of individuals wanting hens as pets or companion animals. Hens have begun their new lives in town, city and country gardens, allotments, schools and residential care homes. You don’t need to have a big garden to keep a few hens; they will be grateful for the additional years of freedom you can offer them and reward you with their entertaining antics and probably an egg or two. To this end, FSFH do not rehome to people wishing sell them on or for further commercial purposes.

Fresh Start for Hens has rehomed a staggering total of 44,683 hens to date! You can find out more about this amazing organisation by visiting their website at


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