Page 52 - British Hen Welfare Trust - Chicken & Egg Issue 3

We could not do our work without the help of our
wonderful volunteers...
...
all of whom take on a specific role in
helping to find good homes for our
hens.
Occasionally we take a poorly hen
or two from a farm, although it’s only right
to point out that the vast majority of birds
we collect are healthy. Ruth Burroughs is
one such poorly carer, helping our
Cornwall team; she has 32 years’
experience working as a nurse in both
hospital and community health and in
2006
qualified as a Medical Herbalist.
Since retiring from the NHS she has
gained a Masters degree in Medical
Herbalism and now runs a practice from
her home where she combines her con-
ventional medical experience with herbal
medicines when appropriate for her feath-
ered patients.
Ruth, and her husband Mike, have a mini
hen hospital in their home near
Lostwithiel in Cornwall and currently look
after 36 hens, 15 of these are hens with
long term special needs who live together
in a separate enclosure.
Ruth says
"
I started taking in poorlies
about 3 years ago. It seemed like a
natural progression and these little hens
are so worth the extra effort. Some just
need a bit of TLC whilst others have
more complex problems which are
challenging but so rewarding. It is a con-
tinual learning process for me and to see
them thriving after overcoming adversity
and enjoying retirement doing 'hen
things' is fantastic".
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Ruth Burrows with some
of her feathered family