There are quite a number of families keeping chickens in Hither Green! Chickens can be great company, are very good pest control in the garden and give the freshest possible eggs!
The British Hens Welfare Trust are re-homing thousands of ex-battery farm hens this summer. These are birds which still lay, although probably every other day.
To have a chat about what keeping hens involve , book a place on a collection date, do contact the BHWT. The nearest collection site is Bigin Hill, Kent.
The hens do look rather thin and worse for wear when you pick them up, but a few weeks of good food and space and they re-fledge beautifully. They become more confident and of course lay fresh eggs.