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Production hens needing homes

Discussion in 'Animals In Need of Free Re-Homing' started by rejeana, Dec 2, 2016.

  1. rejeana

    rejeana Hatching

    Dec 2, 2016
    The organic meat and egg farm I work for is retiring a flock of laying hens. I asked my boss if I could try to re-home some or all of them before they are culled. They are 2-3 years old, pasture raised, organic fed. Red star, RIR and Leghorns. There are also a few roosters in the flock. Total number of birds is around 750. We are in Illinois about 80 miles south of Chicago. Is there anyone in the area that would like to give a few of these great ladies a loving retirement home? Many of them still lay, but are past the peak laying age.

  2. LocosHuevos

    LocosHuevos In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2016
    Michigan City,IN
    Hello and good day to you. If you're willing to transport them, I'll be happy to take them in. I'm located in Northwest Indiana, roughly 56miles away from Chicago :) .
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2016
  3. peterlund

    peterlund Songster

    Jan 29, 2010
    MA Cranberry Country
    Hi. Can I be blunt..... Please don't take offense. Re-homing these gals means offering them up for butcher. There's very few pet chicken owners that have room... yet a very nobel effort. But i think these old gals have numbered days... anyone offering to take to re-home might -could-probably be just going to either eat them or sell them to be eaten. .. blunt yes... if i am off base, then others will chime in i am sure. Why are they closing??
    it is a very good time for organic eggs and chicken meat..... just curious.
    Just to say it aloud, i tend to be perceived as insensitive sometimes, but i have let quite a few ladies be rehomed, right well knowing that there was a stew pot in the equation. ...
    you have a big heart... actually a huge heart... but it is what is is with "expired" layers.... good luck.
  4. BanjoChick

    BanjoChick Hatching

    Dec 6, 2016

    I saw you were looking at re-homing production hens. I am very interested.

    I am in Bloomington Indiana, how far away are you?


  5. Nyla

    Nyla Crowing

    Jan 3, 2017
    If they are still needing a home, I'm located near the Chicago area!
  6. RedWhiteandFree

    RedWhiteandFree In the Brooder

    Oct 24, 2016
    If they still need homes I am willing to take some in if you are willing to ship them? I do not know how shipping works, but I could even send you some money for the costs (after I receive the birds). I also have RIR and leghorns and I do not mind that they are past peak egg production since most o mine are as well. As long as they still lay occasionally I'll take them (some of them). I do free range all of my chickens, and I give them a few too many treats, so they would have a good home. The most I could honestly take would be around 10-15, as I may have a large yard, but the coop they go into for night doesn't have much room left and needs to be upgraded if I add more birds.
    But I don't like the sound of all 750 being culled just or the heck of it.

    I actually got my chickens originally because they were going to be killed and wasted if no one took them.
    I live in North Carolina, so it is a little far, and like I said already, I don't really know how shipping them works and if it is even safe or reasonable for the distance.

    I have RIR hens, and White Leghorn hens, and I could even take a leghorn rooster. But I have a red roo so don't need any of those.
  7. Jethb

    Jethb Hatching

    Feb 22, 2017
    Are there any hens left? I'm interested in taking three of them. I live in Chicago so I could come and pick them up.


  8. 6th_Happiness

    6th_Happiness Chirping

    Jul 17, 2011
    Far West Chicago Suburbs
    id be surprised if there were NOT any left, lol.

    as for 'closing'... I have the impression they arent going out of business... they are just turning over the flock that is no longer economical, to replace it with new younger ones... am I right?
  9. ForTheLoveofHEN

    ForTheLoveofHEN In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2016
    Lake Elsinore CA
    Would you be willing to ship them? If so how much would that cost. I just moved to a large property will a huge space for chickens and am looking to start a large flock but I'm in CA maybe that just way too far but I would rather take in hens that need homes so I thought I would ask...
  10. ForTheLoveofHEN

    ForTheLoveofHEN In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2016
    Lake Elsinore CA
    Just realized how old this is :p nvm.

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