Tawny’s date of birth is unclear, but it is suspected she hatched in early 2014.
She spent up to the first 18months of her life in poor conditions, working in the egg trade.
In October 2015, Tawny ceased to be a working Hen and took a revolutionary retirement, with the intervention of the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) saving her from an early death.
‘Green grass & blue sky seems like a well earned gift, for any bird who has spent her working life producing eggs on scale, in largely unpleasant conditions.
We would be unhappy to hear about humans in these conditions, so why should we expect it for anything else? How can we possibly treat humans well when we don’t allow the same conditions to all creatures of God (whatever you consider that to be).’ – words of a Hen re-homer.
Re-homed in Cambridge, Tawny, along with fellow rescue hens, Beryl & Gladys began their retirement with the run of the garden in a terraced plot, where there had once been an orchard and as a result, fruit trees older than the house are present.
The Hen re-homer speaks of their initial arrival; ‘Watching the girls running around the garden once they were familiar with the space was a joy, their curiosity was immeasurable, and on arrival they made such appreciative noises, I don’t doubt for a moment they were completely astonished, seeing sun, grass & grubs for the first time.
Whilst the hens were being moved on because they were no longer consider cost effective, after a few days in their new location, each produced an egg every 24hrs for the next year. A testament to the fact better working conditions make for happier, laying hens?’
It is suspected Tawny was bullied previously, undoubtedly somewhere down the pecking order, however, she saw this as her opportunity and soon took command, (she was either very cunning, or a little… unaware?) the Hen re-homer continues, ‘Tawny would always appear to leave the other two Hens to do the work scrapping around the garden and exploring, then when a discovery was made, she would muscle in to enjoy the rewards. She had a happy retirement, without a doubt had the best plumage and certainly looked the best fed’.
Avian Flu restrictions meant the last several weeks have been restricted to the shed, although Avian flu wasn’t the cause of death, it is though perhaps these restrictions led to depression and ultimately contributed to Tawny’s demise. Beryl & Gladys continue their retirement now Tawny has departed, they seemed slightly perturbed by Tawny’s absence but they are quite harmonious together, & are now enjoying supervised excursions in the garden.
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