A charity based in Chawleigh which helps young people in need has taken on four new feathered residents.

A charity which transforms the lives of young people has taken on some new, feathered residents.

The Amber Foundation provides supported housing for homeless and unemployed people aged 17-30 and strives to raise its resident’s aspirations whilst challenging them to take responsibility for their lives.

And to support its work, residents and staff re-homed four ex-commercial hens from Okehampton at a collection carried out by the British Hen Welfare Trust.

The hens are now enjoying their new lease of life at Amber’s Ashley Court centre, located in Chawleigh.

An Amber hen hero greets one of the new arrivals.An Amber hen hero greets one of the new arrivals.

Kim Whittle, the centre’s manager, said: “We have kept chickens in the past and our residents requested we got more so, after reinforcing the old hen house, we chose to re-home some ex-bats to help hens in need of a loving home.

“All of our residents are encouraged to take responsibility for the hens and they have been very supportive and excited.

“One resident already has them feeding from her hand when collecting their eggs and we’ve now opened up a larger run which we hope the girls will venture into next week when they’re not following the residents around.”

The British Hen Welfare Trust is well-known for its pioneering work in re-homing commercial laying hens and through its nationwide team of 450+ volunteers has found homes for more than 590,000 hens since starting in 2005.

As well as finding homes for hens, the charity also educates the public on how they can make a difference to hen welfare through their shopping basket and eating habits.

The British Hen Welfare Trust will be next re-homing in Okehampton on Saturday, September 23.

The charity also re-home in Rose Ash and hope to have the site’s next collection date confirmed soon.

Anyone interested in giving a few down-on-their-cluck hens a second chance is urged to call the charity’s re-homing team at Hen Central on 01884 860084, or email hens@bhwt.co.uk.