Goodheart Home for Rescued Hens Appeal

Learn all about our fabulous 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 in 2021 we began fundraising to build a brand-new Hen House in order to continue our important work.

In March 2021, we received the incredible news that all donations for this appeal (both past and future) would be 100% match funded by an anonymous donor! This gave the appeal the final boost it needed and in May 2021 we finally reached our target!

Thank you!

From all of us at Goodheart, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our supporters for their kindness and generosity, not just on this project, but all of our ventures. 

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. 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.

Providing 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

How you can help

Although we have now raised the funds in order to build our Goodheart Home for Rescued Hens, we are always in need of donations to continue the running of our sanctuary, covering things like feed, vet bills, and repairs. 

If you’d like to help out, there are a number of great ways to support us:

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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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