Hen Progress so Far – Latest Photos

Chrissie enjoying the sunshine

Apologies for not updating the blog recently, its been kinda busy round here lately with one thing or another. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to complete all the tasks / jobs that need doing. I will be honest, the new ex battery hens have taken up a lot of my spare time, but, I chose to dedicate this time to their care and needs. Its been hard going with them lately, a lot of worrying and finger crossing moments. They are very very worn out little girls and will take a lot more of my spare time to get them to a stage where I don’t feel the urge to keep checking on them, just in case.

 Auntie Marge

Chrissie has been doing OK recently with regards to laying. She has been putting smashed eggs into the nest box, which to most would not be OK at all, but I see it as a huge improvement to how she was. Since rescue day she had been passing 2 soft eggs at a time roughly every 3 days, which of course is not doing her the world of good and making her feel pretty awful. Aside from her egg system blips I am pleased overall with how she is progressing. She has gained a little bit of weight, not much, but enough for me to notice. Chrissie appears to be top hen, I had my money on Auntie Marge being the triumphant one. Her crop occasionally doesn’t empty properly in the morning, so I do spend a lot of time sorting that out. She is one brave little lady, even taking on Emily, the largest hen from our other flock whilst free ranging amongst the bigger girls. They had to be split up ASAP but Chrissie did not want to back down. Just goes to prove how tough ex battery hens have to be, to survive.

Chrissie

Auntie Marge, well what can I say about this very comical little hen? Apart from being extremely greedy she makes the most of her new found freedom by not wanting to miss a thing. She is very inquisitive, fast on her legs and will jump very high to grab at anything you may be holding in your hands. Even if its not food! She is still very very bald but starting to produce feathers here and there.

Brenda

Last but by no means least is Brenda. She had been doing very well but she has been a bit poorly the last few days, again egg related. I’m on to it and she seems to be OK at the moment. So there we have it, 4 weeks this Sunday out of the battery farm. We are still very sad about losing Shazzy, thank you to everyone who left us a comment about her.

I shall end this post with a photo of Auntie Marge, enjoying the sunshine warming her bones.

Auntie Marge, sleeping in the warm sunshine

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7 comments

  1. They’re all looking lovely, enjoying the sunshine. What are you doing to help Chrissie empty her crop?

  2. Thankyou WPT

    I syringe olive oil into the beak and massage the crop for a while, this helps to lubricate and help any possible blockages to pass through. Check on the hen throughout the day and repeat the procedure if needed. As long as the crop is not very impacted or its not sour crop (smell their breath) it should sort itself out. With ex batts, a full crop in the morning normally spells trouble with something egg related, well this has always been the case for us. If in doubt, consult a vet ;)

  3. I’m very glad to hear that the rest of your new hens are making progress.

    It’s not easy to see photos of them looking so bedraggled, when I’m use to healthy hens. I’ve bought free range eggs all my married life, but seeing these and other ex-bat hens has made me more determined than ever to check that anything I buy with egg in it contains free range eggs.

    Battery hens have to eradicated.

    I’m glad you’re doing what you can for these girls, but it makes me cross that someone let them get in this state in the first place.

  4. It’s great to see you girls out and about in the sunshine: just what the (hen) doctor ordered. It boils my blood to think of the number of hens that will never get to laze about in the warmth of the sunlight. Grrrrr.

  5. Good to see you again. And those girls…. even if they are not looking up to par yet, they are looking happy, and thats the most important part. I love that last picture, soaking up every ounce of sun she can get.

    In regards to Karin’s comment, the best thing to do is buy eggs from a local farmer, so that you can see the chickens outside roaming around, because even if the egg carton says free range, there are many loopholes that farmers can get through with the “free range” tag. Just as there are many many loopholes for “organic”. These labels do not always mean that the animals are being treated humanely. Truely the best thing to do is buy local so you can see how your food is being raised. This can be a challenge at times, and I am still not very good at this at all. But I think the more we can buy local, from honest, loving people, who treat their animals or crops with compassion and love, we can change the way our food is produced. And if you have the space, raising some of your own food is even better.

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