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    Hi there,

    Some of you might already be familiar with us, but HenPower is a project run by older people’s charity Equal Arts and we are after a little bit of help from the chicken keeping community!

    We are seeking hen-keepers across the country in a research initiative aiming to unearth and share hen tales and chicken stories with ‘henthusiasts’ near and far. We hope to see the stories of more than 1,000 people captured through film, literature, photography and audio recordings; the overall purpose being to explore the cultural and social changes in hen-keeping taking it from necessity during times of war to a family-friendly hobby with hens being kept, sometimes, as pets.

    We are looking for people to contribute their memories, stories and general experience of keeping hens; whether that be a couple of lines about collecting eggs when you were a child, or a filmed interview about a lifetime of chicken keeping – we’re keen to hear from anyone, no matter how big or small their story.

    If you're interested in getting involved or simply just learning more, please do drop me an email on or feel free to contribute below.

    Alternatively, visit the HenPower Facebook page at

    I look forward to some of your cracking stories!

    Best wishes,
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2014 10:16pm (Oct 2nd 2014) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    This sounds amazing :D

    I'd gladly share photos and videos of our chickens. Milly and Eva especially were very tame, to the point where Milly would climb inside my jumper for a cuddle and both would come when I called their names! :smile:

    Eva the rescued ex-bat. We only had her for 6 months but she was a very special hen.

    Eva photo DSCF3525.jpg

     photo eva1.jpg

    And of course Milly! I can't even begin to describe what an amazing girl Milly was. She was my shadow whenever I was in the garden and, often, in the house too! She passed away in 2010 and I still think about her every day.

    Milly inside photo DSCF4637.jpg

    This was my first cuddle when I got back from a few months at uni :smile:

    me and milly photo DSC00392.jpg

    (I also edited your post and moved it from the 'Important Information' section, purely because new threads there fall off the front page and most people don't spot them! It's now in the 'Animal Care' section - let us know if you'd rather I moved it back! :smile: )
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2014 4:04pm (Oct 8th 2014)
    You should write something up Red. I can't believe it's been 4 years since you lost Milly - how time flies. :face-crying:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2014 6:02pm (Oct 8th 2014)
    Is her plaque in place under her tree now Red? I know the building/renovation works delayed it.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2014 8:47pm (Oct 8th 2014) edited
    My hen story Is rather old and distant.
    During WW11 my Uncle Fred had a small piece of land, known as a "piece".
    There was a small area for vegetables but most of the land was for live stock. A few pigs, one more than the government knew about (that one was for the family). Goats for milk and later their meat. Hens were my favourites and I've had a soft spot for them ever since. I loved collecting those warm eggs!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2014 5:31pm (Oct 9th 2014)
    Fabulous. Couldn't do that now; someone would nick everything!
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2014 9:21pm (Oct 9th 2014) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    I can't believe it either Kate...four long years :(

    It sure is CC :)

    Ollie, warm eggs are the best!
    Hi everyone - sorry for the delay in replying to this! It's been a bit of a whirlwind trying to get it off the ground. We officially have a website now! Hurrah! Actually a place to showcase all of the amazing stories we've been getting! It's only just at the very beginning so is a case of slowly migrating all of the research from hard drives to online, but fingers crossed, it should become really jam packed with interesting stories shortly!

    Please please do share this link like mad - we want to get as many stories, photos, film footage as possible!

    And any feedback/ideas would be more than welcome. Hope you all enjoy it!

    Dani x