Chickens

Room in the Chicken Coop

I put my name down for more rescue hens from Little Hen Rescue, the rescue took place over the weekend and I made the short journey to collect them on Sunday.

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I’m gaining their trust very quickly by hand feeding and talking softly, allowing them to come to me in their own way and time. I plan to integrate them carefully with our other two rescue hens soon, once the usual hissy fits have subsided I will update again with new photos.

19 thoughts on “Room in the Chicken Coop”

  1. Such fortunate girls to have been adopted by you! Meadow looks like she needs an extra dose of love, sunshine, and good nutrition, and I know she’ll get it! I’m looking forward to seeing pictures with bright red combs! Their names are good—they sound peaceful.
    Do you choose the hens you want or do they give you whoever’s next in line?

  2. Oh shoot. I didn’t know there were chicken rescues. I’m a big enough sucker for the dog and cat rescues, and now there are sweet chicki-poos that need homes???? I am going to be in trooooouuuuuble.

  3. Wonderful, well done you. I am really looking forward to seeing them settle in and start looking healthier and enjoying life. I just love those posts, such happy endings for these poor creatures.

  4. So envious! We looked into the rescue hen option a couple of years ago and its something we definitely plan to do – we just don’t have the space in our little back garden at the moment. One day!

  5. What a great thing, to give them a good home. I have’t had rescue hens -yet – but I do know of some, and have seen the amazing change they go through from almost featherless misery, to happy hen. Hope they settle in well.

  6. you do manage to get some wonderful pictures Karen, Sky looks as though she is modelling this season’s new hat. Meadow looks so pale the poor girl. I hope they soon settle in and enjoy their new found freedom and surroundings.

  7. I notice they have their beaks clipped too. Shame. I’m sure they will be much happier with you and live a longer life in nice surroundings. They are lucky hens. I have been wanting some more hens lately. I think I’m feeling broody because it’s springtime!

  8. Thanks, Heidi. Sky does have a wonderful hat, I had a different name lined up for her, but she loves to look up at the sky for long periods of time and seems quite interested in this new experience……

  9. I noticed the beaks too and hate that the big farms do it! Do you know if they cauterized when they clipped? If not, it may grow back in time.

  10. The beaks wear down to an almost normal shape once they start free ranging, I’ve had hens in the past with slightly twisted beaks due to it going wrong, and I’ve seen far worse. They never grow back unfortunately, but they cope well enough. Amazing creatures, they really are.

  11. That’s good to know. These girl’s beaks don’t look too bad—at least they just took the tips. I think the people who do this should have their lips clipped!

  12. I’ve looked at their web-site and am interested in adopting some myself, I didn’t see an address on it though…can you only adopt if you live in a certain place/country? Also, I know they’re supposed to be pets only, but would that mean that I can’t collect any eggs they might give? Eggs aren’t the reason I wanted to adopt, but I was just wondering…

  13. bmal312 – Little Hen Rescue are based in Norfolk, England, UK. I’m not sure where you are? If you’re in the UK and too far away from Norfolk, there are collection points in Cambs and sometimes Essex. Also, there are other hen rescues up and down UK, even in Ireland and Scotland. The hens often continue to lay, but this can never be guaranteed. I hope this answers your questions, thanks for stopping by.

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