The hencredible Houdini

Posted 4th July 2017 11:14am by

An ex-caged hen adopted by a kind member of the public is adding to her repertoire as a budding magician.

Houdini (pictured) is one of four lucky hens recently re-homed by Martin Spearman at a hen collection carried out by the British Hen Welfare Trust in Biggin Hill.

Martin told us: “She’s a lovely hen who likes to find ways of escape but so far she’s always been apprehended! Here she is sussing out the lie of the land ready for the next attempt.”

Houdini has been busy performing her magic since arriving at her new home in May. It didn’t take long for her feathers to grow back and she’s continued to pull eggs out of the hat. Martin revealed: “She makes a hell of a racket when about to lay an egg. She’s so proud she wants to tell the world!”

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 Biggin Hill on Sunday, 25 June. 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.