It’s eggs all round as Millfield’s hens begin to lay

Staff and residents at Millfield Care Home in Heywood, Greater Manchester, are delighted that their chickens have started to lay eggs – despite the cold winter weather.

A total of five birds came to our home in the summer as chicks, from a local project that donates chickens and other essentials such as food and bedding, to care homes in recognition of the therapeutic benefits offered by looking after animals.

Our residents adore the chickens – known collectively as ‘The Girls’ – and have enjoyed handling them since they were tiny, yellow, fluffy newborns.

The hens live in a henhouse with a built-in run in the grounds, and are free to roam the gardens between 9am and 1pm each day – often wandering into the buildings, much to the delight of residents and visitors.

Our admin officer, Sheree, said: “We were amazed to find some eggs this month, given that hens don’t usually lay in the winter when the weather is cold.

“Our manager, Jane, was the first to try them to make sure they were OK to eat. She had two for her tea, then our gardener, John, had some for breakfast – both said the eggs were delicious. The residents will be sampling some next!”

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