rescuing retired battery hens?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by grace6691, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. grace6691

    grace6691 In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2008
    How would I go about doing that? Should I just call a nearby commercial egg farm or something? I really would like to save a few hens from being killed.
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

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  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Grace, try typing 'battery hen rescue' into a search engine. I'm sure you'll find some links that way.
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Also be prepared for very skittish chickens who's beaks have been filed off. Not a very pretty sight, but it is an honorable thing to adopt them from the life they live now.
  5. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    I am not sure if they would let you rescue them, they send them off to slauter when they stop laying. But by all means try. It is very sad, they don't have any beak left. Here is a picture I took on an animal santuary in Vacaville. These birds are sooo sweet. This girl has to be hand fed grapes because she can't use her beak.



  6. stacym

    stacym Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    Kennard, Nebraska
    I had a friend who got some Battery Hens cheap. Be prepared for what may come with them. His would never roost, they never learned how. Or use the nest to lay their eggs in. They had combs that laid over.(from cramped cage conditions)And they refused to come out of the chicken house. If he brought them out they would run right back in. It was a very sad sight to say the least.
    They had very shortened lives,even though my friend went above and beyond to help them.
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    I had no idea. I consider myself spanked.
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  8. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    I tried that. It can get expensive and time consuming. You are assuming that they are not laying cause of natural aging.
  9. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    New Hampshire
    You might find it more rewarding, and a better use of your limited assets, to help preserve a rare heirloom breed.
  10. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    A friend of mine told me that the local egg farm (Wilcox, if you're near me) sells its battery hens once a year for $1 each. She got a couple one time and had to eventually give them up because they had such a hard time eating that they got too skinny. That might be fixed with deep dishes of food, but it might now.

    I agree about heritage breeds being potentially more rewarding.

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