HALF a dozen hens from Godmanchester-based animal charity have found new place to rest their feathers at the Cirencester home of flamboyant interior designer Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen.

Laurence, best known for his appearances on the BBC's Changing Rooms, and wife Jackie, decided to adopt the former battery hens after hearing about their plight in a campaign run by mobile operator giff-gaff.

Laurence said: "We are both very pleased to have given them such a lovely, happy home and their egg yolks are getting a lovely golden colour now with all the corn and goodies they keep eating."

Field welfare manager Debbie Wild said: "Although new regulations which came into force on January 1, mean chicken farmers must not keep more than 90 birds in a cage with at least 750 square centimetres of space for each bird, we know free-range chickens like these will have a much better quality of life and in turn produce better eggs for their owners."

For further information about rehoming chickens from Wood Green call 0844 248 8181. Pictured from left to right are Laurence and Jackie with Debbie and Kirsty Jackson. Picture by WWW.IMAGES-UK.COM