Please please sign this petition to have hens reclassified as pets rather than livestock http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/GardenPoultry/
More details from petition creator
We believe that people should be encouraged to become self-sufficient as possible. Properly kept, domestic hens pose no nuisance to anyone.
The keeping of cockerels is not included as a right in this proposal.
There is also a Facebook Group for this cause http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=6898&post=24098&uid=55594908075#/group.php?gid=55594908075 PLEASE JOIN