Sunbathing hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Help_battery_hens, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Help_battery_hens

    Help_battery_hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I would be grateful for any advice. My bald ex battery hen Chloe lays in the sun all the time (it's not strong enough to burn her). All the others wander around the garden pecking but she is happy to lay in the sun and peck a few nearby strands of grass. Sometimes she digs a hole in the soil and rolls around flapping her wings and then just sleeps there for a while. Is this normal?
     
  2. ConnorMayasMom

    ConnorMayasMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do that...sometimes I have to walk over and check them because they get so relaxed I think they are dead LOL!! They enjoy the fun and laying in the dirt holes they make!! I would say she's enjoying herself...[​IMG]
     
  3. melodie_a

    melodie_a Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She sounds like a very happy chicken. I have one who would roll around in the dirt for hours, it is her favorite thing to do.
     
  4. Help_battery_hens

    Help_battery_hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Phew! Thank you for your reply. I am very relieved I only rescued her three weeks ago and she is my favourite hen I love her so much. Sometimes she sits in her dirt hole and makes little noises - sometimes I think shes singing to herself lol.
     
  5. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sweet lil' thing....sounds like she's trying to soak up all the sun she missed out on when she was mistreated. i'm so thankful you saved her! i'd LOVE to save a couple, but i don't know how to go about it. i've checked locally, but i don't think there are any close to me.
     
  6. Cambium29

    Cambium29 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two girls that love to sunbathe and one who just stands there waiting for them, looking very disgruntled. The sunbathers will also make little peeping noises. It's like ultimate chicken relaxation.
     
  7. Help_battery_hens

    Help_battery_hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw I'm so glad they are happy. As you can tell I have never had chickens before and haven't been able to find any literature on rehabilitating battery hens. But every day is so rewarding I can recommend it. If you live in the UK you can contact the British hen welfare trust. But I know in many places you can contact the battery farm directly
     
  8. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    I'd like to know more about rescuing chickens in Florida too. Cheaper than rescuing horses!
     
  9. ParadiseFoundFarm

    ParadiseFoundFarm Goddess of Good Things

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    You're going to be a great addition to our community!
     

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