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Flappy ending for plucky Lincolnshire chicken which travelled 90 miles under a lorry trailer




A stowaway chicken has been rescued after she travelled 90 miles from Lincolnshire on an egg delivery lorry.

The plucky hen, who has now been named Henrietta, was discovered by staff at the food delivery company in Borehamwood on Thursday, June 18, after the egg trailer pulled into the industrial park.

The staff managed to contain her in a cardboard box with some pine nuts and some water before contacting the RSPCA for help.

Henrietta, the stowaway chicken who travelled 90 miles from Lincolnshire to Hertfordshire (37548621)
Henrietta, the stowaway chicken who travelled 90 miles from Lincolnshire to Hertfordshire (37548621)

RSPCA Inspector Nicole Smith, who came to collect the hen, said: “The journey would have been a feat of hendurance for this little explorer but thankfully, the brave bird was completely unscathed.

"She was a little bedraggled from the wet and windy two-hour journey but she certainly wasn’t in a flap when she was found. The staff put her in a cardboard box where she made herself so comfortable that she laid an egg!

"The delivery company was unable to trace where the bird had come from so she was signed over to the RSPCA. I knew I could find her a loving home and I was right!”

Henrietta, the stowaway chicken who travelled 90 miles from Lincolnshire to Hertfordshire (37548623)
Henrietta, the stowaway chicken who travelled 90 miles from Lincolnshire to Hertfordshire (37548623)

After making a few calls, animal rescuer Nicole was able to find the hen a home with Hilary Carlen who has adopted farm birds from the RSPCA previously.

Nicole added: “When I told Hilary the story of the courageous bird her first words were ‘I must have this hen!’”

After a significantly shorter and more comfortable journey, Nicole delivered the bird to Mrs Carlen who dried her off and gave her a little bit of time to recover from her ordeal before introducing her to her other feathered friends.

Henrietta withHilary Carlen (37548625)
Henrietta withHilary Carlen (37548625)

Hilary, who lives in Hertfordshire, said: “She’s a pretty strong hen. I don’t think most hens would have survived that kind of stress. She’s particularly robust as she seemed absolutely unruffled.

“She’s settled in well with my other six hens, three of which are also RSPCA rescues. She’s very amiable and friendly and doesn’t mind being handled. I’m so glad I was able to give another rescue hen a loving home.”



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