22 Aug 2015

Hens in rest homes

From This Way Up, 12:30 pm on 22 August 2015

How keeping chickens is making people happier in retirement homes.

The charity HenPower started up 4 years ago and so far it's set up hen houses at 23 rest homes in the UK.

The residents learn to look after the chooks and participate in all sorts of other chicken-related activities too, from photography to dance and music. Along with a supply of free, freshly laid eggs, the whole experience has been shown to reduce feelings of isolation and depression and is attracting interest from overseas too.

Douglas Hunter is a director of Equal Arts, the charity behind the HenPower project.