Photo was of my rescue hen
THE hen pictured in last week’s photograph, by Peter Banks, on the farming page, is my hen, Harriet.
Harriet is a former battery hen collected from Ashbourne Animal Welfare.
The British Hen Welfare Trust does a fabulous job of rehoming these hens. They have collection points all around the country.
And yes, the hens still lay delicious eggs, and enjoy their freedom.
I believe you may have done a story in the past about the British Hen Welfare Trust, a great charity which is always on hand to assist with any help or answer any questions on keeping ex-battery hens.
Hedgehogs also need our help, too. These lovely creatures are in decline.
I have three rescue hedgehogs at present. British Hedgehog Preservation Society has lots of usual information on how to help hedgehogs.
Particularly if one is seen out in during daylight. It needs help immediately.
Please check bonfires before lighting them in case hedgehogs have made their nest in the firewood. Please be careful when strimming. Never feed hedgehogs bread and milk. Cat meat in jelly, chopped chicken, cat biscuits are always welcomed by these lovely, interesting creatures. Along with a dish of water.
Vets usually will take in an injured or young hedgehog and treat without charge. They then contact a local hedgehog rescue centre. Adèle Bonshor Tissington