Im down to adopt my first hens, 5 ex-bats in mid March.
On another forum, there's a request for someone in my area of UK to resue 2 hens, laying, sadly needing a new home. They are 3 yrs old, a bluebell and a black Sussex. Like the ex-bats they are vaccinated.
I've offered to help if nobody else can. My coop will ideally take 6 (could cram 9, would rather not) and my run 8-9. So I could ask to only take 4 ex-bats and take these 2 as well, total of six.
Concerns of mine - if I was watching someone else make this suggestion and wanted to advice them - are: I'm not that experienced (haven't cared for hens in 20 years) tho I've read extensively and handled hens at the city farm recently. No quarantine area, so they'd ideally come to mine at the same time, after all the ex-bats don't know each other either? Although the owner of the two needs to rehome a fortnight earlier than I''ll get get my ex-bats, ideally. And finally, I've heard Ex-bats are feisty and kind of the "hoodies" of hens, so how would the other two fit in? Might the ex-bats bully them? Or would it be likely to all work out in the end just the same, once the pecking order is sorted?
As far as I'm aware, black Sussex and bluebell are largish hybrids, as would be the ex-bats. I have plenty of distractions etc going into the run and they can free range a bit too when I'm able to supervise. So I'm hoping they'd be fairly equal and not bored enough to squabble.
Then again after all my queries and concerns, being selfish, I would love some different breed hens but I believe in rescuing animals not creating new ones. This could be a way to get variety. Heart over head, I'd like to do it.
Please would you let me know any thoughts, good or bad, on this scenario. I'm happy to answer all questions and defer to the huge wealth of knowledge here.
Edited by techiebabe - 2/4/16 at 8:52pm