Sean O'Loughlin joins roosters - Wigan Warriors Captain
WHEN the going gets tough it's good to have someone like international rugby league forward Sean O'Loughlin on your side.
Nobody could ever accuse the tough-tackling Wigan Warriors captain of being 'chicken' but on the eve of jetting off for his side's training camp in Florida Sean spent a miserably wet Sunday helping save doomed pullets from ending up as pet food.
He was at Lucky Hens in Hindley where a constant stream of youngsters turned up on one of the wettest days of the year at Alison and Dane Thorpes rescue centre for battery hens.
Over the past few years the Thorpes have saved countless birds from the slaughterhouse and introduced numerous local families to the joys of chickens and new laid eggs. And now they're looking for homes for 1,500 birds.
"They went into the battery cages for the first time in April so they're still pullets, not yet a year old. They'll lay a good quantity of eggs for at least the next two years but because of changes in legislation they've all been earmarked for slaughter by the end of the year which is why we are desperate to find them homes," said Alison.
"We're grateful for such a high-profile person as Sean to give up his precious time to try to help highlight the birds' plight. Chickens don't take a lot of looking after and you don't need a cockerel for them to lay the best eggs you've ever tasted."
In between signing the wellies of groups of adoring youngsters, animal-lover Sean told the Journal: "It's brilliant what Alison and Dane are doing to save the chickens and giving them a second chance. And I think it is great that so many people want to adopt them.
"The chickens thrive on their new-found freedom."
Anyone interested in adopting a few chickens and saving them from certain death should call 01942 233375/ 07888730763 or visit the website http://luckyhensrescuewigan.weebly.com
Please Click on the Photo Below - It takes you to a short Film that was made for us by Howard Jackson - Open Door Multimedia.. Starring Alison (LuckyHens Director) & Cally & Kim our two new re-homers. Enjoy!
Click the photo to see our 1st film by Howard Jackson .
Phillipa James - Lancashire Life's Food Editor
We recently had a visit at the farm from Phillipa James (Lancashire Life's Food Editor) - Philippa's Lancashire tortilla was out of this world and made with our hens freshly laid eggs, She braved the cold winds to cook outside for us. Fantastic!!. The story & recipe will be in January's edition but on sale December. You can follow Phillipa on twitter. Tigger_Cook
Please Click the photo for Phillipa's Website
** A Big Thank you to Training 2 All **
We are delighted to have received a Donation of £500 for the Rescue from our supporter "Ed Ellis" at Training 2 All. We took part in the "Feed a Hen" scheme. If you join our Facebook page, you can join in with us when we have the next "Feed a Hen" Scheme. we can then ensure continued support. Thank You.
Ed Ellis from Training 2 All gifting £500 to Alison At LuckyHens Rescue .
Please Click the "Training 2 All" Icon to visit Ed's Website.
** "Chickens In Need" **
Our Facebook Members Suggested that we create a "Chickens In Need", so we are asking everyone who is able to donate a £1 to LuckyHens Rescue, so we can save more ex batts from the slaughter due to many many many hens that need rescuing due to the introduction from the Barren Cages to the Enriched Cages. Farmer say that they won't move the current stock from the old to the new as they wouldn't adapt!! which is rather daft, as to be honest there is hardly any difference and they manage fine when re-homed by us ... if you are able to help us, please visit our Donation Page here on the website and click the donation button at the bottom of that page. It take you to PAYPAL..
Really appreciate any help you're able to give us..
We are so grateful for our members for suggesting this idea.. we hope it will save many many extra hens :-)
_LuckyHens Rescue North West Amberswood Common Manchester Road Ince Wigan WN23DR