Rescuing Battery Hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MasterOfClucker, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One thing that ive always wanted to do is rescuing some Battery Hens,They are so poorly treated.

    How would i go about doing that?Where would i pick them up?

    I have over 3 acres of land for chickens.
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Do you have other chickens? If so, I'd say leave those batts alone. I know - it sounds cruel and cold hearted, but you don't want to expose your current flock to anything they might be carrying. That's the problem with introducing adult hens from anywhere. You can introduce disease to your flock. I do admire you for wanting to do something kind.
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    If you have chickens, you may reconsider. They can bring in disease and bad habits to a back yard flock. I would never do it, but many on here have and had good experiences.

    Mrs K
     
  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about Quarantining them for a few months?
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Do you have the means to properly quarantine? Keeping your flocks a minimum of 300' apart, (no free ranging, or they may get next to one or the other's pen), separate feeders and waterers. Changing shoes at the very least, and all your clothes ideally, between one flock and the other. Take care of your existing flock first. I'm sure there's more, this is just what I've read on here. Do an advanced search for medical quarantine. Another thing to consider is one flock or the other may be carriers of disease, while not showing any symptoms themselves. They can still transmit to the other flock.
     
  6. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.Ive changed my opinion.Maybe someday ill think about doing a proper quarantine.
     
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I think it wouldn't be all bad if one didn't already have chickens...
     
  8. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have bought battery hens. in my area they area mainly isa browns and red sexlinks.

    craigslist is usually full of them. about 6 to 8 dollars apiece.

    the good cheap chickens.

    the bad they are usually about 18 months old so they are getting ready to start a hard molt.

    they will lay but it is severely reduced.

    for most of their life they've been kept in climate controlled buildings. they don't deal to well with being outdoors rain and cold gives them bad nasal infections and colds.

    I have lost several when they get a cold it's usually deadly.

    the ones that have made it thru molt get beautiful 2nd set of feathers and lay extremely well.

    what I have has a good life nice big coop. 80 x 120 run. and can free range on 15 acres.

    I guess I take my chances with them but to me it's rewarding .
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    @feedman77 ...Where are you located?
     
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  10. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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