Our Chickens

white chicken

Karen has many years experience of chicken keeping and has a soft spot for rescued hens from caged egg system farms. One of our original ex-battery hens (brown hen in the photo below) was rescued in 2008, she had 5 years of freedom before passing away in 2013. ‘Emily’ was approximately 7 years old when we lost her which is excellent for a rescue hen, she’s proof that ex-caged hens can lead long and happy lives.


We keep hybrid laying hens and offer a loving retirement home for ex-caged hens.

rescue hen

garden hens

All of our ‘girls’ live the good life within our garden smallholding and free range everyday if the weather allows.

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