A stray chicken has been rehomed by the RSPCA after being found by students on a night out.

The chicken was collected by RSPCA inspector Sara Jordan (pictured below) and taken to RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham & District Branch Animal Centre in Bawtry, Doncaster.Inspector Sara Jordan with stray chicken, Sheffield

Sara said: “The little hen was found straying in the Crooksmoor area of Sheffield by a couple of students on a night out.

“They picked her up and carried her home and fed her crackers until we collected her the following morning.

“She had even laid them an egg overnight to say thank you!”

The chicken was found on Friday 13 March and collected on Saturday 14 March.

She was kept for seven days before being adopted by a vet nurse at local vet practice Peak Vets.

Judy and her new sistersSara added: “She’s a very lucky girl and will have a wonderful life!”

Her new owner Nicole Shorto said: “I already have a few other hens, three ex-battery and one other from the RSPCA, so when I heard about her, and saw a picture of her, it was love at first sight.

“The RSPCA had already named her Judy and I liked it so I decided to keep it. She’s doing absolutely fine and has settled in really well with her four new sisters Pauline, Dorothy, Stephanie and Audrey.”


Last year (2019), RSPCA rescuers dealt with 4,596 welfare incidents in South Yorkshire and are continuing an emergency-only service through the lockdown period.


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