A charity is to begin rehoming hens again in the north-east after a number of drivers were recruited.
Wing and a Prayer Hen Rescue, which has rehoming points across Scotland, will begin to offer its services in the north-east thanks to a new intake.
The charity has rehomed more than 12,000 hens since it was formed in 2014. Hens are saved from slaughter and picked up from a range of locations, such as cage farms and free-range farms.
Linda Westwood-Stewart, one of the trustees of the charity, said: “We have rehomed before in Aberdeen but we ran out of drivers – we’ve got a whole lot of new volunteers on board now.
“We’ve got about 170-180 being rehomed from the north-east by our volunteer Naomi. We bring the hens from the farms and they are taken to the collection point in Ellon.
“We’ve got 11 collection points across Scotland. We’ve built up relationships with a number of farms over the years.”
Hens are delivered to the collection point by volunteer drivers and are given away to people who have booked to adopt them in advance.
Linda has rehomed hens herself through the charity, and took in Annie, who was blind in one eye and had a lump on her head.
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She said: “Some can look wonderful and some can look dreadful. We would never rehome an unwell bird.
“They’ve given the chance to do the things that hens should be able to do once they’re rehomed.
“I rehomed a hen called Annie, she came from a cage farm.
“She was blind and had a massive lump on her eye which was from being so tightly packed in. She was wonderful, we had her for four-and-a-half years. We want to help the hens find their retirement homes where they can have a good life.”
The charity crowned another hen Aurora, who was rehomed by north-east volunteer Naomi, hen of the month after being rescued from a free range farm at the start of February. She was found without feathers, and adopted, although sadly she has now passed away.
A statement by the charity said: “Our Aberdeen volunteer Naomi fell in love with her immediately and there was no way she was leaving without her.”
The first rehoming day will be held on April 20. To inquire about rehoming one of the birds, visit www.wingandaprayerhenrescue.scot/rehome