Young homeless charity houses hens in need

Posted 30th November 2017 04:04pm by

A charity which transforms the lives of young people has recently taken on new residents, in the feathered form.

The Amber Foundation provides supported housing for homeless and unemployed people aged 17-30 and strives to raise its resident’s aspirations whilst challenging them to take responsibility for their lives.

To support the work residents and staff re-homed four lucky ex-commercial hens from Okehampton at a collection carried out by the British Hen Welfare Trust.

“All of our residents are encouraged to take responsibility for the hens and they have been very supportive and excited. One resident already has them feeding from her hand when collecting their eggs and we’ve now opened up a larger run which we hope the girls will venture into next week when they’re not following the residents around!”The hens are now enjoying their new lease of life at Amber’s Ashley Court centre, located in Chawleigh, and Kim Whittle, the centre’s manager, revealed: “We have kept chickens in the past and our residents requested we got more so, after reinforcing the old hen house, we chose to re-home some ex-bats to help hens in need of a loving home.

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 590,000 hens since starting 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.

An Amber resident said: “I’m really glad that we’ve got the chickens. It’s a fantastic hobby and helps to keep my mind occupied. They’re funny too; I was putting them away last night, said goodnight and they answered back!”

To find out more about Amber you can visit the charity’s website here.

The British Hen Welfare Trust will be next re-homing in Okehampton on Saturday, 23 September. The charity also re-home in Rose Ash and hope to have the site’s next collection date confirmed soon. 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 would like to support the charity in other ways please contact or visit to find out how you can get involved.