ex-battery hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Johnn, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    I have 2 ex battery hens both 5 years old and laying i was wondering how much longer i could have them for?
     
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    I have some hens 9 yrs old, they still lay. Not every day, but they still earn their keep!!
     
  3. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    are they ex battery hens?
     
  4. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    No, had them since babies. But I raised them differently, NOT to pump out eggs 'til the're worthless. Who knows, maybe with the right feed, and some loving, they will lay again for you!!
     
  5. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    newb question... whats an ex-battery hen? [​IMG]
     
  6. itom37

    itom37 Out Of The Brooder

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    Battery hens are those used to lay the cheap grocery store eggs. They are kept in very small cages (battery cages) in which they can't really move and just eat and pump eggs out until their egg laying slows and they are slaughtered as they've outlived their value to the commercial producer. An ex-battery hen would be one that was either rescued from the cage, or more likely rescued from slaughter. I think they usually use white leghorns for this.

    Anyway, to the poster: I'd imagine you could have them as long as you like. No idea when they'll stop laying, if that's more your question.
     
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