I am planning on getting about 12 more hens this coming spring so I can sell free ranged chicken and duck eggs. Originally, I was planning a trip to a few different feed stores for chicks, but then I came across a story about someone who had adopted ex battery hens. I think that would be a great thing to do, but I am wondering a few things. First, how do you find ex battery hens, do you pick them up at the farm? Is there a certain time of year they usually "get rid" of old hens? How old are they when they are killed or adopted. How long does it take them to grow back their feathers? Can they eat normally with trimmed beaks? Is it likely that they would carry any diseases? And finally, what does it take to get these birds mentally stable again and just learn to be chickens? Thank you for the input! I hope I can help these beautiful creatures!