Once a month I sit down and write an email to send to all our supporters. Usually it's filled with news about upcoming events and goings-on here at Homes4Hens HQ. However, this month there is a definite lack of anything to write about! I suppose I can always reiterate what I said last month so here goes.
Lockdown continues to prevent us from rescuing any more hens. We would usually have already rescued and rehomed the first thousand hens of the year but instead our crates remain empty for now. There is little news coming from the Scottish Government on when we might be able to resume our work, I'm sure all will become clear soon but it's highly unlikely to be this month. In the meantime, we are continuing to care for the many sick, injured and elderly hens that are permanent residents here.
As well as caring for the hens, Homes4Hens also offers sanctuary to two pigs saved from becoming meat and a small gang of rescued cats that are supposed to patrol the barns in search of rodents but in reality, just sleep all day on straw bales!
APHA are still insisting that we keep our hens indoors due to the spread of Bird-flu. We are fortunate to have the space to be able to keep the girls happy and healthy indoors but I am certain they are missing the freedom of outside. Unfortunately they are suffering the same restrictions as the rest of us and I guess we all just have to wait it out. Good times will return soon!
In last months email, I wrote briefly about our reduced income. Without our rehoming events which brings in donations in the way of a rehoming fee we have had to dip in to reserve funds to buy essential products like feed, bedding and medication. It was really heart-warming to receive a flurry of donations following that email which has helped to keep the hens in comfort for a while longer. I know its difficult for a lot of people at the moment, these are tricky times to navigate! If you are weathering the storm and are able to make a donation towards our daily costs there is a button at the bottom of the page where you can make a one-off donation or join our monthly supporters by providing Homes4Hens with a regular monthly gift. As a small, registered not-for-profit organisation your donations mean a lot to us, we really appreciate the help and it is heart-warming to see that our cause is valued by other people too.
Soon, I'm sure, the nicer weather will return and with it the end of lockdown and the end of bird-flu restrictions. We are well prepared for the year ahead and I can't wait to be rescuing hens from slaughter again. Fingers crossed my next post will include an announcement of dates for new rehoming events!
All the best,
Director of Homes4Hens Rescue CIC (SC567846)