Anyone know anything about adopting factory farm hens....?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bhapimama, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. Bhapimama

    Bhapimama Songster

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    I've been watching YouTube videos and have decided someday I'm definitely going to rescue factory hens, prob just a couple at a time, but def something I now feel compelled to do. Wondering if anyone has any experience with this or any info on how to go about it....
     
  2. No experience here, but I believe that is in my future, too.
     
  3. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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    In the past I went into the Live Poultry Store, and Picked out 2 at a time, and said,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Oh....... I'll just take them live.
    Battery hens, as what the rescue chickens are referred to are available from the egg production establishments. Just need to find one near you. In my area, many peeps get rid of their chickens before winter. (small flocks) They advertise on Craig's list as free, or at minimum cost. You can consider those as rescues as well.
    WISHING YOU BEST,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, :hugs
     
  4. Blingchix6

    Blingchix6 Chirping

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    Just remember to quarantine any and all new birds for 30 days. They can see their new flockmates but aren’t close enough to get them sick if they have cooties
     
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  5. Bhapimama

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    Well maybe if and when either of us learn more about it, we can share it here. It'll be a couple years before I'm ready to do it, but I WILL do it
     
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  6. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Go to the supermarket and find an egg carton and call the number on the carton. Hopefully that puts you in touch with the egg farm. If it doesn’t look for a factory farm nearby and call them up and ask them if you can buy some hens. Spent hens go for $2 each and laying hens go for $12 each. Another option is to go to a live poultry market and take the birds home live.
    Good luck rescuing some ex battery hens. I want to rescue some when I have my own property.
    Now if you decide to buy straight from the egg farm resist the urge to give them a piece of your mind on how to raise chickens. They don’t want to hear it and may decide not to sell you any birds.
     
  7. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

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    I would be interested in rescuing. I originally got chickens for eggs, but I don't even care about the eggs anymore. I have gotten super attached. A local chicken rescue had asked if I was interested in an all boy flock. I would not mind that. My sister came over and visited the chickens and ducks for the first time, she told me I should either get involved or start my own rescue. I'm a big animal person--my mom used to say that would eventually pass, but it has not changed.
     
  8. HollyWoozle

    HollyWoozle Chirping

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    I'm in the UK so can't help with the 'how to' but I have six ex-battery hens, picked up in June, and they are very rewarding. Mine are still separate from the main flock (my parents already had chickens here for years) as they are still quite bald in places... regrowing the feathers can be a slow process! They are friendly, way more so than my parents' chickens, and are fun to be around. I am so happy to think that I was able to give them a better life so I highly recommend rescuing when you can.
     
  9. HollyWoozle

    HollyWoozle Chirping

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    Here a few pics with my sweet rescue hens to help encourage you!
     

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