New Hens

For the past couple of weeks I have been tending to the needs of 3 new ex battery hens. These hens were being ‘fostered’ by friends of mine,  lovely ladies who dedicate their spare time to caring for smashed up ex battery hens that cannot be re-homed straight away. They foster ‘off their legs’ girls from the  hospital wing of Little Hen Rescue and give them one to one care at their homes. These 3 hens were ready for the next stage of their new lives, we had some room so I agreed to take them on.

We have named them Poppy, Dot and Ethel. Poppy was very bald, known as a ‘oven ready’. She was weak when rescued and painfully thin but she is doing brilliantly now and almost fully feathered. Dot and Ethel are leg issue girls, only two good legs between them but they get about in their own’ elderly’ fashion and seem to grab life by the scruff of the neck. Yeah they are slow and don’t particularly look ‘pretty’ (Ethel is de-beaked, probably as a chick GRRRR) but I think they are amazing, seeing as they could not walk at all about a month ago. One of our other ex battery hens ( Becki ) was a hop-along, she does great now and her slight limp is hardly noticable.

They are all doing well so far and a pleasure to look after, Ethel is extremely hand tame and a funny little character. She has the most adorable face although I realise not everyone will see what I do. Eventually her beak will naturally wear down. Dot and Ethel may never walk properly again, only time will tell with these two wonky girls. If they stay disabled then it may be best that they live together in accommodation suited to them,rather than being mixed in with the other hens. We shall just have to see how things go.

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5 comments

  1. Thank you Kay! She certainly is beautiful in her own right, she has the most beautiful feather pattern on her chest, big white spots!

  2. Bless you for giving these lovely ladies a decent home. Your post on how the battery hens are treated was really good to inform everyone. I am endlessly amazed at how we treat our animals.

  3. Poor Ethel! Did you keep her for the rest of her life or was she only there long enough to get stronger? She had a sweet face. Do most of these girls lay eggs once they’re stronger? It’s as heartbreaking to see them when they come to you as it is heartwarming to see them feather out and grow stronger. I don’t understand why farms are allowed to abuse animals as they do. I’m almost totally vegetarian because I can’t stand the thought of eating meat from an animal that’s suffered.

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