Rescuing Hens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LupinJames, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. LupinJames

    LupinJames New Egg

    Apr 10, 2016
    Hi, I'm stuck in kind of a sticky situation(PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ) So right up the street from my house there's this "chicken farm". Today I got a little curious so I snuck into the back where all the hens are(my back yard leads right into it). And what I saw was absolutely horrible! Rows and rows of hens freezing in the rain and the space they had each was at the most, the size of a shoebox. So I grabbed an egg to get an idea of there health conditions(I have hens) and just hardly tapping the egg it broke and bright yellow yolk ran out like water...what do I do?!?!? I can't live so close to something so horrible and not do anything about it!!!
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    A - don't trespass again, your intentions may be good, but doing so puts yourself in a bad spot and can complicate your efforts to address the situation.
    B - contact your local authority agency that is charged with animal welfare and file your concern - *however* keep in mind that your idea of sufficient care and what is actually spelled out by regulations can often be very different -- consider the conditions of commercial laying houses with birds in battery cages -- most of us would find that unacceptable, but it is still legal.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You could complain to animal control I suppose but, there is a good chance they know what is going on and ignore it. You could also be charged with trespassing for being on their property and petty theft for taking the egg. You could try to get your local newspaper to investigate but, it's all going to come down to "how did you know?" Unless you can call in anonymously to report it.

    It might be better if you could discuss with a lawyer because the chicken place is so close to you, they might want to extract revenge. All I have ever done is watch court cases on tv, that is not much of a background.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2016
  4. LupinJames

    LupinJames New Egg

    Apr 10, 2016
    Ok thanks I'll keep all that in mind
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    It could well be that what is happening on the farm meets legal requirements. Might be more constructive to consider raising awareness on the plight of commercial chicken farms, and encourage people to spend a little more on free range eggs IMO.

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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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