A retired laying hen from Cornwall is certainly making the most of her new found freedom. Having been kept inside a cage for much of her life she now has much higher ambitions – quite literally!
Martha (pictured) is one of three ex-caged hens re-homed by Liberty Payne at one of the British Hen Welfare Trust’s re-homing events in Redruth last October.
Liberty told us, “Martha needed cheering up having just started a heavy annual moult so I went in to check on her. Next thing you know she’s riding around on my back! She now does this a lot as I think she likes the high perch!”
Martha, re-homed with friends Pru and Winnie, has surprised Liberty by how affectionate and inquisitive she has quickly become. She revealed, “As soon as I got the girls home they wanted to come out and interact. They make the cutest noise and all come running for treats when I shake the feed bag. They love to dust bath and somehow they all manage to fit in it together!”
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 homes for more than 550,000 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.
If you’d like to adopt an ex-commercial hen you can do so in Redruth and Liskeard on Sunday, 23 April. All you need to do is register online at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084 to book your girls.