Retiring hens on hunt for homes

LIKE most retirees, they just want to live out their days in peace, with a decent roof over their heads, enough food and a bit of love and compan-ionship.

About 200 laying hens from a farm have the prospect of a happy retirement thanks to the joint efforts of a group of Caboolture-Sunshine Coast vegans and a farmer.

The farmer has allowed the Vegan Warriors to re-home the hens now that they have finished working for him.

Vegan lifestyle advocate Jaylene Musgrave said the unusual partnership came about after she started chatting to the farmer at a market.

"He said he didn't want to kill them but he finds it difficult to find homes for them.

"He's really happy I'm doing this - it alleviates him of the job of having to kill them."

Ms Musgrave said "forever homes" were being sought for the hens, who might still offer the odd egg in return for the kindness, although there were no guarantees.

The hens are being sold for $5 each, with the proceeds to go towards animal welfare initiatives.

They will be available for pick-up from todayor at a Vegan Warriors social day tomorrow.

Contact vegancartel@hotmail.com for information on the hens or the location of the open day.