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Ex-battery hen doesn't smell so fresh

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SCSS, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. SCSS

    SCSS New Egg

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    Hi-I'm new so bear with me! I have three farm raised hens and yesterday we picked up two ex-battery free range rescue hens from BHWT. They are very sweet, seem healthy (apart from pale combs and skinny) and are much more friendly than my non rescue hens! It's only their first day but I noticed they don't smell very nice. At all. In fact they pong. Is there something I should do, will it fade? Their eyes and noses are clear, they don't seem unwell, and ai am taking precautions treating the coop for red mite anyway.

    Thanks! Shannon
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013
  2. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    The smell goes away eventually, to be honest i quite like the smell of them! :p
     
  3. kdwag

    kdwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what are ex-battery hens?
     
  4. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    Hens bred for eggs, used in factory farming. They are crammed in tiny wire cages then are sent to slaughter at 18 month old when they are considered as "spent". Some are lucky enough to be rescued though.
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  5. kdwag

    kdwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my gosh, are they missing their feathers? That is horrible.
     
  6. AlicesSilkies

    AlicesSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow!! Great Job rescuing them, i rescued 3 some years ago and i totally understand what you mean about them being more friendly than the others, you will enjoy them so much!! [​IMG]
     
  7. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah they are.
     
  8. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the smell goes away, thanks for rescuing them!!

    I would bathe them, dust them with DE or woodash, and quarantine them for awhile.
     

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