What is a Battery Hen? By GoldenSparrow

Both pictures taken from
http://www.brightside.org.au/asp/content.asp?articleID=430 Courtesy of Emma




Battery hens are the hens that lay the cheep eggs you buy at most grocery stores. They spend there whole life in a cage so small they can not even spread there 32 inch wing span. They share this cage with four to six hens. There they will spend their short 72 week life laying eggs for you. In return they will be taken to slaughter.


Picture. Courtesy of Brightside Farm Sanctuary http://www.brightside.org.au/asp/content.asp?articleID=430




The Need for eggs
The point of having them in tight cages is so they can pack as many hens, and receive more eggs with as little space as needed. The cages are stacked very high. Often hens die and because there are so many birds, somtimes they are not seen and actually decay in the cages with the other living hens! many times the eggs layed roll on top of the dead birds. These type of egg industries dont care much for the hens. They only want to make the money.




Picture. Courtesy of Brightside Farm Sanctuary http://www.brightside.org.au/asp/content.asp?articleID=430




Hen Heros
Help the Battery
Hens By...

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1. (If you need to) Buy Eggs,
Which have the certified humane label on them, "which includes nutritous diets without antibiotics or hormones, animals raised with shelter, resting areas, sufficient space and the ability to engage in natural behaviors." For more information about this label please go to www.certifiedhumane.org or, when needed buy eggs from a person with well cared for chickens!
2. Help Spread the News!
A lot of people have never heard of a battery hen. many people eat eggs without knowing what has happened to the hens that laid the eggs. I believe that people should know the truth behind the egg industries. You can help the hens by telling people about the cruelty and abuse these hens have suffered. The more people who know, can stand up for whats right! Help stop animal cruelty! Together we can make a difference. Battery Hens need our Help!!!
3. Adopt
Having chickens is a wonderful joy. It is no nice to watch your very own chickens live a truly happy life. You can even adopt ex-battery hen. They may look like feather less hens at first, but in just a few weeks new feathers will grow. your ex-battery hens, will also so start to lay eggs. There is nothing like farm fresh eggs!



Where to Adopt Battery Hens in the USA?

Adopting battery hens in the USA is a bit tricky, and may take some work.
However, because you are not a large animal rescue you have a better chance at adopting or buying a few.

There is a few things you can do. You can contact some rescues (try the ones I listed below ) you can talk to egg farm/industrys, or you can try to find a Live Poultry Market near you.

Egg farm/Industry
First find a few egg farms near you. Call them and ask if it is possible to buy a few of their spent hens at the end of the laying period.
Do not ask for battery hens.

You can usually tell if the farms have battery hens by the egg cartons. If the eggs are cheep, and do not say cage free, or free range, they most likely came from battery hens. If the cartons have a drawing of hens in a field or something like that, it doesn’t mean their free range.

Some egg farm/industries will not sell their hens, because they do not want the public to see the shape the hens are in.

Rescues
I have looked everywhere for a battery hen rescue in the USA, but there are not many. Some animal rescues get battery hens, by finding escape hens ect...


California: Animal Place link http://animalplace.org/helping-hens-rescue/
Farm Sanctuary link California, New York:http://www.farmsanctuary.org/
New York: Woodstock Animal Sanctuary link http://woodstocksanctuary.org/
United Poultry Concerns link Virginia:http://upc-online.org/

Chicken Run Rescue link http://chickenrunrescue.org/How-To-Adopt
The Chocowinity Chicken Sanctuary & Education Center, Inc.
Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education Center

Sunnyskies Bird and Animal Sanctuary

Live Poultry Markets

If you find a Live Poultry Market near you, make sure you tell them that you want the birds ALIVE. They will slaughter them right there for you. Most of the time, these places have ex battery hens.
The birds are kept in horrible conditions, so be brave. Battery hens are almost always completely featherless, and debeaked.
But dont worry they bounce back well.


I hope this information helps you.
Please let me know what you decide to do? and keep me updated.
God bless you for wanting to help these poor hens.

GoldenSparrow

PS. It may seem like a lot of work, but just think of the hens you will be helping




Storys of Battery hens
These are some Storys about Battery hens
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=581323


and

https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-hen-discovers-a-good-life-chapter-11-finally


More information on Battery hens

Help_battery_hens Member page
https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/help-battery-henss-member-page

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