National Geographic : 2011 Aug
With her dog at her side and a hen at her heart, Mary Allchurch stands near her country home in Kent. She and her husband first adopted hens in 2006. The three they now have can lay up to 400 eggs a year. This is "Weasel," an IT specialist for a major insurance company, relaxing with his hens on a Sunday morning in Kent. Sadly, he had to give up his birds when the foxes near his home became a problem. Sam Bradley, 9---seen with his mother, Sarah, in their Lutton yard--- bought his first rescue hen with money saved from his sixth birthday. "I really love chickens," he told me, adding that he wants to be a farmer. In Kent, Diana Millard has re-homed 7,000 hens since 2004. Her yard is a labyrinth of runs, ramps, and sheds. When I heard her call one bird Lloyd, I really began to see each hen as a distinct personality.