Your Chickens - - Chicken Nuggets -

Four re-homed hens have been pro­vid­ing re­lief from the trau­mas of home­less­ness, sub­stance abuse and men­tal health at a cen­tre in Hert­ford­shire.

New Hope in Wat­ford was founded in 1990 and pro­vides beds for 60 peo­ple each night and helps hun­dreds more through sup­port and de­vel­op­ment ser­vices.

The cen­tre sup­ports peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from ad­dic­tion or men­tal health and phys­i­cal is­sues via its Com­mu­nity Mar­ket Gar­den and, in Au­gust 2015, de­cided to re-home some ex-com­mer­cial hens via the Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust.


The gar­den of­fers a tran­quil en­vi­ron­ment for New Hope’s ser­vice users which aims to raise their sense of well­be­ing.

Ian Bond, Com­mu­nity Mar­ket Gar­den Su­per­vi­sor, said the cen­tre de­cided to re-home some hens as a way of bring­ing peo­ple to­gether to look af­ter them.

The four hens, called Hope, Hen­ri­etta, Hatti and Har­riet, fit­ted straight in at New Hope and be­came af­fec­tion­ately known as ‘the girls’.

Ian said: “They have been loved and cared for warmly by our ser­vice users, been the sub­ject of a poem writ­ten dur­ing one of our poetry ses­sions and have been used as a way of en­cour­ag­ing wider en­gage­ment for our gar­den­ing work­shops for those not drawn to gar­den­ing but who have a love for an­i­mals.”

New Hope hens

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