A local university is doing a study for a major egg company. They have 1000 hens in a battery trying to see if they can get 2 eggs per day. Different feeds and such. Poor girls. next door neighbor does maintenance for the university and is in good with some of the higher ups. He talked them into letting him have the hens, instead of sending them to slaughter. So far I have rescued 55 hens. I'm getting 36 more on Wednesday. They are ISA Browns (Comets) Poor things. When I went to pick them up out of his run, there were eggs laying all in the run. They never have laid in a nest box. They could hardly walk straight. Now after 3 days of TLC and good feed (not that high protien mess they feed them in a battery!) and running around the run scratching and eating dirt and bugs, they are so stinking happy! And eggs..........my lord these girls can lay. Took them 1 (one) day for the instincts to catch on and find the nest boxes (ground level).