I have access to "used up" hens from a factory farm, but my searches here have all indicated that they are very "special needs." Their debeaking requires a special diet of boiled this and mashed that. I don't see myself cooking for a chicken more than I cook for myself! I would really love to see the transformation of a featherless, miserable wretch to beautiful comfortable matron, but I may not have the patience. I'm wondering if the "debeaking machine" ever gets jammed up, thus skipping a few birds, or are some less severe than others? I may be able to choose my hen when the time comes for them to move on to the next phase of their lives (soup), but for biosecurity reasons, I cannot go into the coop.