Not only has this week’s transformation had a full-body glow up, but she has always had a transformation of her name. Since she was adopted Beedy Bee was first named Baldy Butt. A name that came from affection due to her bald back and bum. Her keeper, Jodie, tells us that the name then began to evolve as Baldy Butt did but nothing else really suited her. Jodie tells us “Baldy butt became Bee D Butt which in turn became Beedy Bee”.
When Jodie first welcomed Beedy Bee into the family she was very frail. She didn’t want to explore any of the garden for the first couple of weeks. This was mainly because she was at the bottom of the pecking order. However, as she grew into her own, Jodie began to see a character emerging. “She has the funniest voice and is usually the loudest of the girls. She is the only one who will chase our dog and occasionally give her a peck or two”.
Beedy Bee is a hen full of characters, as Jodie tells us “people think I am mad when I say that I can tell her apart from the others just by her voice but it is true! Even though she is the bottom of the pecking order with the other girls if there are treats to be had she will bulldoze the other hens out of the way”. She has become a fully-fledged member of the family for Jodie. And if a door opens she is straight in! There is no stopping this hen!
Jodie tells us her favourite thing to do is get herself in the most awkward and inconvenient places – although at the moment with Avian Influenza Beedy Bee is having to put up with the run and coop. We are told that Beedy Bee is becoming Usain Bolt when she can as when Jodie opens the gate to their enclosure, she likes to try and beat the door closing to try and find those inconvenient places. We hope that Beedy Bee can soon enjoy them once Avian Flu is well and truly gone!
Beedy Bee has gone from being this tiny, frail, skinny, bald little thing to a huge personality, full of beans and ready to take on the world. Loud and scared of nothing. She has helped Jodie get through a lot in her personal life as she tells after how Beedy Bee has changed home life for her for the better.
“I have struggled with my mental health for the last five years or so. I first adopted three hens back in 2019 and they gave me a sense of purpose and schedule. I then adopted Beedy Bee and three other hens just before the first lockdown in 2020. Seeing her transform in such a short time made me really think that if she can jump back from such a horrible start in life then surely there is hope for us all”
Jodie tells it like it is when advising on adopting hens from the BHWT. She says “Just do it. They are so easy to look after and an absolute joy to watch. Especially ex-commercial hens. They really do seem to know that you have given them a chance at a better life and soon come to know and trust you”.
Being able to take these hens and give them a better life is one thing, but to hear from adopters that their hens have become part of the family warms our hearts here at the BHWT. It was a vision first started in 2005, and it is now a reality for so many thousands of hens a year. People often ask for a reason for why we do what we do. And Jodie says it best; “She has honestly changed my life”.