I have always wanted to keep Hens...So I looked online for an ex Battery Hen charity and came across The British Hen Welfare trust
They are a charity who re-home Hens from Battery farms that are coming to the end of their laying age. If they aren't re-homed the farmer sends then off to the slaughter house.
The Britsh Hen Welfare Trust has a moto which is:
"We Think all laying hens deserve to enjoy natural freedoms whilst they lay tasty eggs for us to eat;
That means freedom to roam on green pasture, freedom to enjoy sunshine, freedom to scratch for insects and the freedom to lay an egg in a nest."
I emailed them and a very nice lady rang me with loads info, she asked how many hens I wanted and put me on the list for the next months collection. How excited were we!!!
First thing we did was start thinking about where they were going to live. Brand new coops work out pretty expensive so Papa said he'd make one. He collected hundreds of palets and painstakingly de-nailed every single one, stacked all the wood and made a beautiful Hen House ready for our ladies.
And a run was created
for the Hens to have their own little garden.
We got the email confirming a collection date with an address and we drove out to a house in the country. Car after car lined the street with people getting out carrying boxes. As we approached the house via a long drive we could hear the clucking of hens. There was a huge penn with atleast 200 hens. We signed in and were given our ladies. We popped them in our in large boxes that we had brought with us.
They were all curious to see what their new home looked like
They were in pretty good condition as I have heard that sometimes they can be in a terrible state. Ours were a little featherless... But were beautiful anyway.
Exploring their garden