Fresh Start for Hens is a not for profit organisation, run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to rehoming hens from the commercial egg production sector after they are deemed commercially unviable at just 72 weeks old. Without FSFH, these hens would be sent to slaughter for cheap dog food. 

FSFH have a good rapport with commercial farmers and they reach mutual agreements with farms up and down the country to rehome their hens with ordinary people in their backyards or gardens, instead of sending them to early slaughter.  

The hens are collected from the farms by a team of hard working volunteers early in the morning, they are then driven to collection points throughout the UK and rehomed the same day, these collection points are also run by volunteers. There is a lot of hard work, planning, organising and collaborating that go into these rehomings and it is all run by volunteers who most already, have full time jobs. 

FSFH ask for a minimum donation of £2.50 per hen to cover costs of fuel, feed and expenses in rehoming. They also ask for pictures of your chicken coop, run and free range area so that they know they are going to good retirement homes. 

The next rehoming date is 17th August, where there are 3000 hens who are in need of new homes, there are several collection points in the North West including Poynton’s local collection point in Crewe.

More details about Fresh Start for Hens, the work they do and how to reserve hens for yourself can be found at

The local Crewe Fresh Start for Hens Facebook page can be found at