Kathryn and Michael Vogelenzang

In 2009 Home4Hens was founded by Kathryn and Michael Vogelenzang in Dumfries and Galloways to become the first chicken rescue and rehoming organisation in Scotland.

Their mandate was simple, to give commercial laying hens a future after farming. Their aim, to help to provide a free-range retirement for ex-laying hens otherwise destined for slaughter.

”We launched our hen rescue after collecting 6 hens to keep as pets from a local farm. Within 30 minutes of watching the hens explore their new lifestyle we realized that we wanted to do more so we returned the following day and brought home 20 more hens! The urge to provide a better future for ex-commercial hens grew with our enjoyment of watching them and so we decided to launch Homes4Hens.”

PictureHome4Hense buy ‘commercially spent’ hens from UK farmers who support the work of the charity.  The girls are treated to a health check up, ensuring their best care and attention before releasing them to loving homes.

If you choose to re-home a few hens from Home4Hens we’re sure you will find it as rewarding an experience as we do. Not only are you providing commercial chickens with a well earned retirement and saving them from slaughter but they also reward you with great eggs and great entertainment.


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3 thoughts on “Homes4Hens

  1. Wairuanor

    It’s great that there are people like that out there. I have many chickens already but when I hear about someone now wanting a rooster anymore, I can’t resist and save them. Our newest addition is a BIG Orpington and I was a little worried, he’d be bad for the Bantams but he’s such a sweetheart. The Bantams actually chase HIM instead of the other way around (and he’s two to four times bigger than the various Bantams!). Giving unwanted chickens a new home is indeed very rewarding 🙂


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