Hens in Prison — and Loving It!

Hens in Prison — and Loving It!
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes The British Hen Welfare Trust, who re-home commercial caged hens, have placed 199 hens at Guys Marsh Prison in Dorset, UK. It’s part of a rehabilitation program for the prisoners, called “Project Jail Bird.” Results have already been encouraging. Prison Officer Wayne Walters who’s helping coordinate the project says, “A dozen prisoners are assigned to looking after the hens on a daily basis and most have benefited from caring for the birds, with prison officers seeing marked improvements in prisoner behavior and moods.” The hens have taken to their new surroundings with great enthusiasm. Their large enclosure is a far cry from the small cages they were trapped in as commercial layers. It’s part polytunnel and part mesh netting, offering them plenty of space to run around, explore, and forage. It offers good ventilation while providing shelter from the rain and wind. Project

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