My friend Bridget Ringdahl is passionate about animal rights. Whenever she can, she frees some battery chickens from their cramped and miserable lives. The latest batch to arrive in her Howick garden have got a really splendid house – The Ladies Retreat on 15 Miller Street – with no pressure to lay!
She sent me these pictures. They always seem to have no chest and neck feathers – I think it must be from sticking their heads through the wire cages to eat. Takes forever for the feathers to grow back, sometimes they don’t.
Bridget boys, Lucky and Impi, were on hand to greet them when they arrived.
They got stuck into the greenery right away – what a treat!
Bridget has built them a gorgeous hen house to make them feel safe and welcome.
Impi guards “his girls” as they explore their new abode.
Remember the chickens Carl and I rescued last year? Well, only one has survived the predators. She spends her days eating fallen figs and pecking at greenery in my garden (often just outside the window where I work – I think she likes the company) and occasionally wandering through my house. In the evenings she hops through Carl’s kitchen window and sleeps on top of a chest of drawers in her studio where is quite safe from wild things. We need to get her some new friends.
I came across this terribly stylish Hen House in Cape Town. Have a peep: