Happy Hens founder recognised with MBE

Derbyshire poultry farmer Roger Hosking has been recognised with an MBE in the New Years Honours list for his work reaching out to troubled youth on his farm at Etwall.

At his farm, Highfields Happy Hens, Roger and his wife Beryl provide employment and practical training for young people who have been in trouble with the police or been excluded from school.

Mr Hosking told the BBC he wanted his farm to serve a variety of interests.

“We’ve always said that our chickens do a more important job than lay eggs,” he said. “A chicken is a very manageable animal and they love being picked up and stroked. Eggs need to be collected so angry hands become gentle hands.”

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