Laurel – from David Marek

Whilst we didn’t re-home Laurel from a BHWT rescue, Laurel rescued herself!

We live close to a small fabrication business and got word that one of our hens had escaped and was wandering the lane. We went to check, and whilst it wasn’t one of our rescue hens, it turns out that the hen had escaped from a farm and found her way onto a tractor, that was being repaired at the fabrication business.

She’d spent her days occupying herself in the hedgerow and was given shelter at night, but this wasn’t an ideal setup, so she came home with us! As we found her in the hedgerow, she was named Laurel.

We set up a temporary coop for her in the barn, and the first few days she slept a lot and ate a lot. Given there was one of her, and 12 other hens, integration wasn’t going to be easy, and she sought company with my wife and I.

During the summer Laurel would follow us around and take interest in everything we did – she helped with gardening, got involved in grass cutting on the ride-on lawnmower and would take great interest in the nuts and bolts that were used to assemble the garden furniture.

Unfortunately, Laurel is no longer with us, but we will always have fond memories of the little hen that rescued herself and bonded with my wife and I.

David Marek

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