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Chicken & Egg. Welfare and Food Together.
By August happy hen number 600,000 was
within reach, and just before this magazine
went to print, she found her home amid a
flurry of bubbles and excitement in Surrey.
And what a home she found! This lucky
little hen, together with five of her friends,
has begun her retirement alongside royalty
no less, pootling about in Kensington
Gardens! It’s the first time in the charity’s
history that a hen has forged links with
royalty. A feathered rags to riches story.
And now she’ll be enjoying the autumn
sunshine and scratching for bugs and
slugs, just like the 599,000 before her.
Staff at the palace Gardens are currently
inviting members of the public to suggest
names, and we’ll let you knowwhat hen
number 600,000 will be known as in
future royal circles!
Of course there’s no magic formula to
hens being re-homed, in fact it’s hard work.
And our 500 valiant volunteers, instead of
enjoying a weekend lie in, wake up at the
crack of dawn, even in winter, and travel to
farms to save lives.
We thought that with all these happy hens,
early starts, mucky crates and long journeys,
there have to be some interesting statistics
and we asked our teams about their
experiences. Here’s what they told us:
• Earliest time woken up for a hen
re-homing? 4.30am!
• Hours worked by an average volunteer
during a re-homing: a whopping 10
• Number of volunteers per average hen
collection: 12
• Number of times volunteers get pooed on
during a re-homing: 14 minimum!
• Average miles walked during a re-homing:
3 – verified recently by a Fitbit!
• Number of hen cuddles volunteers have
during a re-homing: 37, at least
• Average number of eggs laid on average
en route to a re-homing point: 21
• Average miles driven to and from farms:
111 miles
• Number of cakes consumed by your team
during a re-homing: 14 (perk of the job)
• Favourite treat enjoyed whilst re-homing
hens: chocolate chip cookies, chocolate
brownies, chocolate cake, Victoria sponge.
One respondant told us: “Hard to say.
But there was nearly mutiny on one
doughnutless rehoming!”
• Number of hens saved from slaughter on
average re-homing: 307
• And in response to howmany glasses of
wine consumed at the end of a re-homing
most volunteers said this needed to be
measured in bottles!
In addition, there were some surprising
revelations made by charity volunteers
regarding some of the more unusual aspects
of re-homing days…
• Most inappropriate form of hen transport
brought to a re-homing: Suitcase (yes,
really!).
• Most luxurious accommodation brought
by an adopter: A large cardboard box
complete with everything a chicken might
need on a journey, including little pots
taped to the bottom individually offering:
corn, birdseed, meal worms, pellets, mash,
water, and sweetcorn!
• The highest a hen has flown in her search
for freedom? About 7 feet.
• The strangest thing an adopter has
brought down the drive? A goat (a field
escapee).
• The furthest astray an adopter has been
led by their satnav? 70 miles!
• The earliest an adopter has arrived in
advance?
24 hours.
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