Some were a bit bald, some a bit hen-pecked (literally) but all 95 battery chickens that arrived at Quadring Fen on Saturday are now feeling the love in homes across South Holland.
Nicki Murphy (above) is Lincolnshire re-homing coordinator for ex-commercial chicken re-homing organisation Fresh Start for Hens. She took in the latest batch of hens at the weekend and says: “They arrived here on Saturday morning and they all went to their new homes the same day. They all went to local homes. There were 16 lots of people who had anything from two hens up to ten.” Nicki is one of 70 coordinators who provide collection points for the “batties” as she calls them. The organisation buys hens from farmers just before their slaughter date and Nicki says most will lead a perfectly normal life, laying throughout the year. Nicki said: “Some were a bit bewildered because they had just come out of cages that morning but otherwise they were in quite good condition. Some were quite feisty but they will soon settle down.” Next re-homing date is February 28 – visit freshstartforhens.co.uk to book. Photo: SG310115-122TW