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Our hens are free ranging…


Smokey, Bright Eyes and Phyllis on the terrace

At the weekend one of our laying hens starting to get aggressive with one of the other hens. When I called the breeder his response was simple: “They are bored in their chicken run – let them free range” So we did, and they are now happily picking and scratching their way through the garden, returning to their chicken run at dusk and bringing much amusement to the residents.

The link between boredom and aggression is an interesting one, and familiar to us in dementia care. If keeping chickens at a care home seems a strange thing to do, then this is the explanation. Boredom is one of the biggest risks for our residents and the more we can do to create interest the better.

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