An ex-commercial hen has been making the most of her new home after a welfare charity rescued her from slaughter.
Hey Hey, pictured with pony friend Valentine, was one of ten hens re-homed by Chloe Brown and her ten-year-old daughter Savannah at a collection carried out by the British Hen Welfare Trust in Sand Hutton.
Chloe said: “We decided to re-home ex-battery hens as we love all animals and had plenty of room on our land to accommodate them. The girls have settled down very quickly and Hey Hey has even been seen riding our ponies!”
The re-homing day coincided with Savannah’s birthday who told us the hens were the best birthday surprise she could have hoped for. Chloe added, “Savannah and her little brother Elijah have fallen in love with the girls, tending to them daily and collecting their fresh eggs. They have all become a big part of the family, especially Hey Hey who follows Savannah everywhere and sits on her lap for a cuddle as soon as she sits down; it’s really lovely to see the bond they have.”
“We love our girls and wouldn’t be without them, we actually collected 10 more from the collection in Rotherham last weekend. They’re friendly, intelligent and make the best pets.
The charity is re-homing hens this Saturday in Sand Hutton. Anyone interested in giving a few down-on-their-cluck hens a second chance is urged to register on their website at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084. Please note that hens need to be reserved in advance of the re-homing day and, whilst the feel good factor of saving these hens from slaughter comes free of charge, the charity asks for a donation to help cover its costs.