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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cajun1, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. cajun1

    cajun1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I found a breeder near me that sells their laying stock in June. As I understand, these hens are "debeaked". My current flock are not debeaked and free range. Will the "debeaked" chickens have a problem free ranging ?
     
  2. They shouldn't :)
     
  3. BunkyB

    BunkyB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not at all. I rescue battery cage hens twice a year in April and October. Usually 100 white and 100 brown layers. The poor buggers are spent, exhausted and are destined for the dog food factory... Sucks to think that !!

    Any how, I am a total free ranger here and never had an issue with the beak trimmed battery birds. They may not be as graceful as the other birds with their beaks cotterized, yeccch that dang c word... They can hold their own very nicely. They are just a very timid bird from being caged up. A good thing to do is show the birds where the feed is located so they can adjust to a real life.Once they rest up and feather out a bit they will get livelier and the trimmed beaks won't mean a thing to them.... Good going, save some lives ... Enjoy them
     
  4. CMLR

    CMLR Out Of The Brooder

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    Where/how do you rescue the battery cage hens?
     

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