Axminster woman's chicken run

PUBLISHED: 15:01 23 March 2018

Chicken mad Amy Robinson. Picture: SUBMITTED

Chicken mad Amy Robinson. Picture: SUBMITTED


Veterinary nurse will compete in the Brighton Mararthon to raise money for the British Hen Welfare Trust

A chicken-mad veterinary nurse will be taking on a marathon next month to help save hens from slaughter.

Amy Robinson, from Axminster, re-homed her first hens, Batman and Jeph, last June and her obsession grew from there.

She went on to rescue a cockerel called Eric, who loves banana, from a farm near her home, before re-homing two ex-bats from the British Hen Welfare Trust in December.

Amy said: “I had been looking at the BHWT website for information, and I love what they do, and I saw that an adoption day was coming up. We live on an old farm so we have the room, and we collected our two new girls – Hendy Testaburger and Mrs Jelly Head – on 17 December. They are now fully feathered and have grown in confidence. Mrs Jelly Head is very talkative; we love our chickens, we weren’t aware of how rewarding chickens are as pets.”

To help more hens Amy has signed up for this year’s Brighton Marathon for the BHWT on Sunday, April 15.

Amy, who has never run a marathon before, said: “I am a long distance (ish) runner, just not 26 miles. I have always wanted to do it, and doing it for something I love and to help chickens in need sounded perfect.”

To donate via Amy’s JustGiving page and help her hit her target, visit

** The British Hen Welfare Trust was founded in 2005 and is based in Rose Ash in North Devon. The charity saves over 50,000 commercial hens from slaughter every year. The hens they re-home have been in cages laying eggs for supermarkets for up to 18 months, at which point they are usually sent to slaughter. However the charity steps in and re-homes them as family pets, so they can live out their days in freedom.

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