New homes sought for rescued Dorset hens

Rescued hens Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption The birds are being cared for in a large barn by the charity

The RSPCA has made an appeal to re-home 227 hens and a cockerel that have been removed from a Dorset property.

The charity took the birds from their owner after the hens became sick and the owner struggled to cope.

The flock is being housed in a barn by the charity and they have been treated for a disease called Mycoplasma, which has symptoms similar to a cold.

According to the charity the birds are still capable of laying and living a perfectly normal life.

RSPCA inspector Patrick Bailey said: "Now they are back to being healthy we are hoping there are some kind members of the public who would like to offer them a new home in time for Christmas."

Anyone who would like to re-home one of the hens should contact the RSPCA for further details.

The charity is requesting a donation of £1 per bird.

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