Chicken and Egg Issue 12 - page 28-29

1: Joe we were pleasantly surprised to find
a footballer who is also a hen-lover. What
inspired you to keep hens – did you have
hens as a child growing up in Wales?
My wife, Lacey, age 30 was behind the
decision...we both have an interest in animal
welfare but she came up with the idea to
save hens and I agreed it was something that
would be great to do. We didn’t have any
hens growing up but wanted to help chick-
ens after they finished their commercial lives.
2. How many hens do you have?
Do they have names?
We began with 4 hens but our flock has
steadily grown to 14 hens and 2 cockerels.
It’s fair to say we have a pretty random
variety of names. The cockerels are named
Bruce and Rodney, and the hens are Meg,
Leg, Silkie Steve, Kate, Silkie Steve junior,
Giblets, Snowy, Nugget, Kiev, Dora, Holly,
Shimmer, Shine and Chickaletta.
3. We saw on Twitter that your wife gave
you a cockerel for your 24th birthday!
Was it a surprise – of the right kind?!
I didn’t see it coming at all so it was a
massive surprise but I was delighted!
It spread like wildfire on social media so
Bruce was instantly famous!
Chicken & Egg. Welfare and Food Together.
Chicken & Egg. Welfare and Food Together.
4. Do you still need an alarm clock to
get to training on time?!
Haha no, Bruce and Rodney take care of
5. Tell us about your work as an
Ambassador for Welsh charity Action
on Hearing Loss Cymru.
My brother became deaf after suffering
meningitis as a baby so it’s a cause very
close to home. They do amazing work to
help people in Wales so I’m very proud to
be an ambassador for the charity and to
help spread awareness.
6. How do you manage to balance your
busy playing schedule, training, family
life – as well as keeping pets? Who gets the
pleasure of cleaning out the hen coop?
The football can threaten to take over at
times but spending time with my family and
pets is very important to me so I always find
a way to get the right balance. I’d be lying if
I said it was soon as it’s time to clean
the coops I disappear! Unlucky Lacey!
7. If you had to choose just one career
highlight, what would it be?
Tough question but winning the play-off final
to get in to the Premier league with Swansea
is certainly one of them. To achieve it against
all odds at my boyhood club was a special
feeling and one I will always savour.
Joe Allen
We thought it might be fun to ask a few chicken-loving celebrities to
describe a dozen of their poultry preferences. For this edition we interviewed
Wales footballer and Liverpool midfielder, Joe Allen, about the unlikely blend
of being fowled on the pitch vs. keeping fowls off the pitch..!
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