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This news article details what a mammoth (but achievable) task Little Hen Rescue have in successfully rehoming 10,000 battery hens. The hens are due for slaughter unless they’re homed, as the farm is closing.
If you are considering having hens (and if you are, don’t hesitate to contact me with any queries or advice), have room for a few more, or know someone that can take them on, please get in contact with me or visit http://www.littlehenrescue.co.uk/ to organise your rehoming. Don’t forget there’s a thriving community and an amazing amount of support for new and experienced henkeepers alike at www.exbatteryhens.com so once you take on your girls, you’ll not be alone!
Keeping ex-batt hens in particular is so rewarding, it can have its challenges (as can any pet), but you’ll never tire of the daily egg hunt, the soft clucks and turn of phrases. If you’re a bit sensible, they won’t wreck your garden – in fact, they’re one of the best defences against slugs and bugs! They get on fine with cats. They’re cheap to feed and will come to you when called. And they’re great with kids (as long as children don’t chase and poke). They can put themselves to bed (some will take a couple of weeks or so to learn to do this), and when you go on holiday, if you’ve got a secure run, they’re easy for a neighbour or friend to look after. I can guarantee that rehoming ex-battery hens will prove to be one of the most positive moves you and your family will take.
And of course, watching them progress from sad, pale, scraggly, thin and slightly bewildered animals to glossy-feathered, chatty, active, healthy ladies is an absolute joy. I can’t put that point across enough. Seeing them taking their first dust bath, chasing insects, hearing them purr (yes, really!), learning to scratch, living the life of a real chicken is something you’ll always remember. And don’t forget the fresh eggs – until you’ve tasted or cooked with PROPER home-produced free ranged eggs, you won’t realise what rubbish you’ve been buying at the supermarket.
But of course, that won’t happen for these girls if they’re not found homes. No, the last moments of their miserable lives will see them packed off to the abbatoir, strung up by their ankles on a conveyer belt and killed. What a life, eh? That’s not me guilt tripping people into getting hens – that’s just the stark, uncomfortable, sad reality.
But YOU can make the difference between that sad existence, or a life of up to 7 or 8 years spent living the way they SHOULD have always had. YOU can give them that.
So if the thought has just flitted across your mind for a nano-second, why not just take a chance and do it? I did. Go on, go to www.littlehenrescue.co.uk and sign yourself up for a few girls. It literally changed my life. In a very good way.
Let me know if you make the leap!