Goodheart Home for Rescued Hens Appeal

Can you help us build our new home for rescued hens?

At Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary, we currently care for around 13 rescued hens. We recognise all of them as the individuals they are, knowing each one by name and taking time to get to know their unique personalities.

We’re proud to offer these hens a safe haven, but there are many more out there who desperately need our help, and so with your support, we would like to build a brand-new Hen House so that we can continue our important work.

March 2021 Update – We have just  received confirmation that all donations for this appeal (both past and future) will be 100% match funded by an anonymous donor! This brings us very close to our target so please consider donating and help us make this project a reality!

So far we have raised:

£ 0

of our £35,000 target!

So far we have raised:

£ 0

of our £35,000 target!

About the new Hen House

The new Hen House will be spread across two acres, allowing us to comfortably accommodate 160 hens at any one time, with plenty of space for them to roam freely.

It will comprise four areas, each of which will house 40 hens and have round-the-clock access to both a cosy coop and a predator-safe outdoor area. During the day, the hens can enjoy a large grassland area complete with bushes and shrubs, plenty of interesting perching spaces, and ample space to exercise, scratch, and peck. This means they can follow their natural instincts to enjoy dust baths and forage for food, which is incredibly beneficial for their mental wellbeing. Our strong focus on vegetation and planting also has benefits for the wider ecosystem of the sanctuary. New shrubs and bushes will provide habitats for more insects, as well as important enrichment for the hens.

Although it’s a costly project, it will allow better lives for hundreds of rescue hens for years to come. We’re hoping to raise the money by Spring 2021, when building work can start. Once the project is completed, we’ll open the area to visitors so they can feed and interact with our expanded rescue flock!

An aerial view of hen areas, showing approximate sizing of both the internal overnight area and external day run.

A view of the hen areas from the end of the new road.

Help us provide a home for those in need

Most of our hens have been rescued from the egg industry where they lived lives of suffering in cramped cages with no access to the outdoors. We think this is wrong, and believe that all animals deserve our respect and compassion. When they first arrive, many of the hens have severe feather loss, parasites such as mites and lice, and issues with their joints from being kept in cramped conditions. Sadly, these symptoms are common in ex-industry laying hens.  

All of our animals receive excellent individual care which soon sees them back on their feet. We find it incredibly rewarding to see hens begin to recover physically and to start showing their own unique personalities. Often in a matter of weeks, we see new feather growth, strong social bonds forming, and a return to important natural behaviours. Hens are naturally very sociable and inquisitive creatures, so we make sure to give them everything they need to live interesting and varied lives in the safety of the sanctuary.

Liz's story

Liz came to us in a sorry state after living in a cage laying eggs for her whole life. She arrived very thin and frail with not many feathers.

After a lot of TLC from our sanctuary team, and space to roam in freedom and safety, Liz transformed into a happy healthy hen here at Goodheart! 

Rescued hen transformation

Liz's story

Liz came to us in a sorry state after living in a cage laying eggs for her whole life. She arrived very thin and frail with not many feathers.

After a lot of TLC from our sanctuary team, and space to roam in freedom and safety, Liz transformed into a happy healthy hen here at Goodheart! 

Rescued hen transformation
Vegan Happy Clothing Company

Help our hens when you shop at Vegan Happy Clothing​

We’re very proud to be supported by Vegan Happy Clothing! Their stylish range of mens, womens, and kidswear is not only ethically sourced, but 100% vegan too!

Simply shop at www.veganhappyclothing.co.uk, enter the code GOODHEART10 at the checkout to make your purchase count. Not only will you receive 5% off your order, but 10% of the profits from your purchase will go directly to our Goodheart Home For Rescued Hens Appeal, at no extra cost to you!

Love from OGGS®

We’re thrilled to have the support of OGGS® as part of our Hen House Appeal! 

Back in June 2019, the OGGS® team met Carol the rescued battery hen and took her under their wing (pun intended) by generously covering her lifetime care. By making Carol their official brand ambassador,  OGGS® have helped kickstart our Hen House Appeal and fly the flag for hen welfare. Learn more about them at www.loveoggs.com

WIN AN OGGS® HAMPER!

Our lovely friends over at OGGS® are giving three lucky winners the chance to get their hands on an official OGGS® hamper stocked full of goodies!

Entry costs just £5, with all proceeds going directly to our Goodheart Home for Rescued Hens Appeal.

OGGS hamper prize draw

How you can help

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Donate and fundraise with JustGiving

We use JustGiving to reach a wider audience and every penny you donate through this platform helps us do just that. If you really want to win our hearts, you can also set up your own fundraising campaign through the platform as well!

Adopt Dorothy the hen

For just £30 – you can adopt Dorothy the hen and help support our Hen House appeal. What’s more, you’ll also receive a fabulous adoption box crammed full of goodies!

Purchase a Gift Card

As part of our fundraising for this project, we have launched a brand-new range of colourful gift cards, which not only let your loved ones know you’re thinking of them, but also help us provide a happy home for our rescued hens.

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Feeling extra generous?

£500

Donate £500 and we will mount a personal plaque just for you on one of the fence posts surrounding the hen house!

£1,000

Donate £1,000 and attend a fun volunteer day at our sanctuary based in Worcestershire (date TBC)!

£2,000

Donate £2,000 and we will name one of the hen house areas after you!

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