Adopt a Chicken


I'm Dorothy the chicken and you can adopt me!

When I first arrived at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary, I was in a bit of a sorry state. You see, I’d spent my life in a small cramped cage laying eggs for the egg industry, along with hundreds of other hens just like me.

Anyways, that’s all in the past now. Here at the sanctuary, I’ve made myself a brand new bunch of friends. Here we all have the opportunity to flap our wings, run around and dustbathe in our favourite spots. The highlight of my day is the daily delivery of fresh fruit and veg from our lovely volunteers.

Choose a chicken adoption box​

We have two adoption boxes to choose from:


Plus regular email updates from Dorothy the chicken throughout the year!

Suitable for 5 to 12 years.


Plus regular email updates from Dorothy the chicken throughout the year!

Click the button below to buy a Dorothy the Chicken Adoption Box as a gift. We can either deliver it to you to give in person, or directly to your recipient. There’s also the option to add a gift message to the box free of charge.

Learn all about how we care for our rescued chickens

We care for a number of rescued chickens here at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary, many of whom have come from the laying industry.

Join Animal Care Assistant Izzy and Dorothy the hen to learn all about the high standard of care we give all of our rescued chickens here at the sanctuary. 

Lockdown lifts for our chickens, geese and turkeys!

On 1st of April 2021, Avian Flu restrictions were lifted, meaning that our rescued birds could be let out again after nearly four months of lockdown!

It makes us very happy to see them out enjoying the sanctuary to its fullest once again! 💚💚💚

Did you know?

A mother hen communicates with her chick even when they are still in their shells through a series of soft clucks.

When threatened, a group of chickens will gang up and attack a potential predator. There have been reports of chickens attacking hawks and even foxes!

Chickens are omnivores. In the wild they would eat a diet of seeds, berries, insects and even small lizards and rodents!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I adopt a chicken?

You can adopt Dorothy the chicken via the links above, or by clicking here to go directly through to the order form. Click here to adopt a chicken as a gift.

Can I keep a chicken as a pet?

Chickens are friendly, sociable creatures and adopting one as a pet can be a very rewarding experience. However, we recommend doing a lot of research before adoption a chicken as a pet, in order to understand how to create safe and secure housing, and provide them with the care and attention they deserve.

If you are interested in adopting a chicken as a pet, we recommend doing so through The British Hen Welfare Trust.

Can I visit the rescued chickens at the sanctuary?

Yes! Our friendly flock of chickens can be seen at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary enjoying a life of happiness and freedom. Head to our Visit Us page to book your visit now.