South Norfolk poultry centre appeals for help to rehome hens rescued from M62 crash

PUBLISHED: 08:27 22 May 2014 | UPDATED: 08:27 22 May 2014

Jo Eglen with some of the hens rescued from the M62.

Jo Eglen with some of the hens rescued from the M62.

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A Norfolk poultry rescue centre is appealing for help with rehoming 150 hens that were involved in a lorry crash near Manchester.

The Little Hen Rescue Centre, in Greenways, Flordon acted to help the stricken hens which were among 6,000 on board a lorry that crashed on the M62 at 4.15am on May 14.

Approximately 1,500 chickens died during the crash, in which the lorry hit the motorway’s central reservation before overturning, throwing cages containing the birds across the four lane carriageway.

However, many more, possibly up to 5,000 chickens, survived and escaped into nearby fields.

Jeff Anderson, the centre’s secretary, said following the crash people started ringing hen rescue centres across the country to see if they could take the birds, including the Flordon base, which took the 150.

He said some of the hens had been injured in the crash, suffering anything from cuts and scratches to broken wings and some had been put down in the aftermath.

Other hens had suffered psychological trauma following the accident, in a similar way to humans, which meant they were not eating properly and needed extra attention to help them recover.

Mr Anderson said the centre specialised in helping rescued hens and in the past had taken in 800 hens at one time following a rescue.

But the centre depends on the generosity of the public for donations and he appealed for donations, as well as for people who were willing to offer the hens a home.

“People who want the hens to keep can pay a donation and they benefit from having the hens through the eggs they produce,” Mr Anderson added.

To donate or to find out more about the rescue centre, visit

The centre also has a Facebook page Little Hen Rescue.

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  • Daisy Roots, if you feel so passionate as to leave a comment protesting that these gentle birds shouldn't get the chance of the retirement from suffering they deserve, then I sincerely worry for you. With the exception of one, all my hens have been from Little Hen Rescue and they make amazing pets. To watch them experience rain for the first time, for them to be able to scratch at the ground for bugs and see their plucked-out feathers grow back is incredibly rewarding. As they say, saving one animal won't change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal.

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    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • What an absolute crock, Daisy Roots. I can only assume you've never had the privilege of caring for ex-commercial hens and watching them thrive. Little Hen Rescue only rehome hens to families who have been checked and who understand their needs, as do all the hen rehoming organisations I know of my own included. I have no idea why you'd assume that owners keep them in mud of red-mite infested sheds. In fact, all adopters are guided to use diatom to prevent red mite, and if you knew anything about ex-commercial hens, you'd know conditions like scaly mite and gape worm are extremely rare, and that no poorly hen is knowingly rehomed. Honestly, people like you scare me. You appear to not have an ounce of compassion or humanity. I'm extremely glad I don't know you.

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    Sophie Mccoy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Yet another of the disproportionate number of bunny hugger stories which the EDP is so fond of running. If these are modern hens bred to be efficient layers in their first year and in carefully controlled conditions it is possible that their best use is the stockcube soup or pet food they were destined for-if they are not used then other hens will be. Potential hen owners are best looking for a breed better suited to their needs. Frankly I have seen a number of instances of near cruelty and borderline neglect of hens by amateur owners who are utterly clueless because they have never seen how hens should be kept properly and are too smart alec to read up. Rescuing a hen bound for commercial use only to stick it in a tiny ark, or in a pen in a pool of mud and a draughty mite and louse infested shed to suffer with scaly leg and gape worms etc is the work of too many "animal lovers" who think owning hens is the green or in thing to do.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

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