i saw an advertisement last week about a chicken factory 'renewing' their stock and having to first get rid of all the 'old' hens due to bad egg prices or something (these hens aren't even a year old yet(!) the hens have to be picked up on the tenth or they go for slaughter on the 11th (i understand the guy has to make money somehow from them if the eggs arent selling...but yeah..ouch poor hens) so ive been talking it over with hubby and we've agreed we can take on 30. (couldnt fit anymore in the quarantine zone sadly) so tomorrow evening we go to collect 30 lucky hens to give them a 2nd chance of life! im just looking for some advice really on how their gonna behave...i mean they've been stuck in little battery cages all their (short) life..how are they gonna react to living in a nice hen house...with grass...and bugs...and space to move? are they gonna freak out or will they know what to do. will they know how to forrage or is it something i need to teach them? should i perhaps put a couple of my 'normal' hens with them to teach them the ropes? do i need any special arranges/care for them?