Three generations of ex-commercial hens have touched down in a back garden in Denmead after being re-homed by a hen welfare charity.
The newly formulated squadron currently consists of budding pilots Biggie, Ginger, Pumpkin, Nugget, Puma and Apache who are locally known as the Red Comb display team in recognition of their idols the RAF Red Arrows.
The hens, originally destined for slaughter, were adopted by hen-lover Joanna Adey through the British Hen Welfare Trust’s local team in Denmead. The flock now lives with Joanna in Eastleigh where they can be found in training for their new venture.
Joanna said: “Once the girls get home I am always surprised by how quickly they settle into their new lives and start to show their own personalities – they steal your heart as well as your chair!”
Tom Whitton from the Trust told us: “Adopting our hens is life-changing, for the hens and their re-homer. They make wonderful pets and most are happy to continue laying a tasty egg, providing a daily treasure hunt for those who give them a second chance in life.”
The British Hen Welfare Trust is well-known for its pioneering work in re-homing commercial laying hens and, through its nationwide team of 450+ volunteers, has found pet homes for more than 575,000 hens since hatching in 2005. As well as finding homes for hens, the charity also educates the public on how they can make a difference to hen welfare through their shopping basket and eating habits.
The charity regularly re-homes at their collection site in Denmead. Anyone interested in giving a few down-on-their-cluck hens a second chance is urged to call the charity’s re-homing team at Hen Central on 01884 860084, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.