Rehome Ex Battery Hens

If you’re thinking about rehoming ex battery hens now or any time in the near future, you can now visit a new website called the Hen Rehoming Hub at http://www.exbatteryhens.org.uk

It features an easy to use mapping service that helps you to find ex battery hens to rehome, complete with direct access to the rehoming organisation’s own website, contact details and any extra tidbits of information that might be useful to know. The site has just launched, so there are a few bits and pieces that need ironing out – but for all intents and purposes, it works! We should be adding a blog soon that will keep Ex Battery Hen owners and prospective owners up to date with ex battery hen news.

If you’re a member of Facebook, you can also ‘Like’ the Hen Rehoming Hub’s ex battery hens Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/exbatteryhens.

Although we support hen rehoming organisations in giving these hens a chance at a ‘new life’ that they should have always had have, no ex battery hen rehomer or keeper wants to see farming systems where hens are kept in cages. We rescue and rehome because we think that these hens deserve to be given a second chance at a free range life, rather than ending upside down in shackles in a slaughterhouse, destined as cheap pet food or pie filler.

Me and my ex battery hens c.2006, when they first discovered worms in the soil!

Me and my ex battery hens c.2006, when they first discovered worms in the soil!

Although barren cages are now actively being phased out across the UK, and the very basic welfare conditions of hens in cages had improved a little, we’re still actively trying to support farmers to move to free range systems. Many farmers would like to move to a free range system but need to be supported by us, the consumers, and in turn the supermarkets, who both drive and control demand for products. With hens in cages out of sight, they’re often out of the minds of many consumers. Ex battery hen keeping has greatly contributed to increasing exposure of the plight of the caged hen, as well as giving many pet owners a lot of satisfaction from these incredibly sociable and fun creatures.

Some countries in the EU including Spain, Italy and Poland are dragging their heels with the changeover from barren battery cages to so-called ‘enriched cages’, so it’s really important that as consumers, we support British farmers. So wherever you can, please help to stop an influx of cheap imports by buying from British egg producers, opting for Free Range eggs (and Organic if possible), and take care that you check the ingredients of your food for egg products. The vast majority of egg products in foods such as cakes, pasta, desserts, pies, sauces and such still come from hens in cages, so it’s up to us to make the change and see hens in cages as a thing of the past!

If you’d like to make the difference and decide whether a hen ends her life prematurely in a slaughterhouse, or has an unknown quantity of free range life ahead of her, then head over to ex battery hens’ Hen Rehoming Hub. Many organisations can only take as many hens as they have homes for, so the more homes we can find, the more hens we can save.