Pretty Poultry

Posted 4th July 2017 11:17am by

Two retired laying hens re-homed in Lancashire are already eyeing up a career in modelling! Having been kept inside a cage for much of their lives they now have their wings fully feathered and set for the catwalk.

Lottie and Frieda (pictured) were re-homed by Barbara Hammer at one of the British Hen Welfare Trust’s re-homing events in Haslingden.

Barbara said: “Both have very different personalities. Lottie is the serious one who is in charge whilst Frieda on the other hand is very spontaneous, extremely inquisitive and fun loving; especially when it involves food intended for human consumption!”

Ex-commercial hens often come out of the system looking poorly feathered but, after a small number of weeks, these girls are already the founding members of the beautiful hen admiration society!

“They are both very tame and have enjoyed spending time in our living room during the recent AI period, falling asleep in front of the woodburner,” added Barbara.

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.

The charity will be re-homing in both Haslingden and St Helens on Saturday, 22 July. Anyone interested in giving a few down-on-their-cluck hens a second chance is urged to call the charity’s re-homing team at Hen Central on 01884 860084, or email

 If you are unable to re-home but would like to support the charity please contact or visit to find out more ways to get involved.