The chickens now have a new ‘tree house’ home out in the Orchard. The house is built up on legs with a rickety ladder. The idea being that the chickens can go up and down but a fox can’t. So they will be able to come and go as they please without needing to be let out every morning and shut in at night. The chickens (and Toulouse the goose) will also keep the weeds and grass down around the young trees, provide fertiliser and eat the bugs, which means fewer pests for the fruit trees. They have taken a little bit of encouragement to get used to the ladder. Here’s Lucky the hen heading to bed for her first time up the ladder, as the sun sets and the sea mist rolls in over the fields.
Here are our newly rescued ex-battery hens, thanks to the Hens Welfare Trust. Looking a bit mangey but hopefully they’ll soon recover and be ready to go outside for the first time
The factory farms ‘dispose’ of the hens when they are a year old as they become less than 100% efficient. The lucky ones are collected by the welfare trust and re-homed. If you want to read more about it or you’re up for rescuing some hens check out their site here.