Verified Reviews for Ex-Battery Hen
Just the job! - Moira,
I have kept many different chicken breeds but since moving somewhere where there are lots of foxes I've gone for ex- batts as they're happy living in an eglu. I won't have more than 3 at a time though so they have a reasonable amount of space. Of my current 3 two are now dark and glossy and the other is a bit weedy but all lay wonderful eggs daily. I know that they tend to die earlier than pure breeds and will stop laying in a year or so but they're friendly and happy girls. I'd love to let them out during the day but Mr Fox got my last girls so they stay in. They get moved daily (we have plenty of space) and are very popular with passers by who love to see them.
My adorable ladies - Sandie, Kent,
I first got ex batt hens last August from fresh start for hens. One is called Mrs Barebum due to lack of feathers. All the girls were lacking feathers and confidence. We have a large garden so they free ranged during the day, unfortunately, Mrs hobby got bitten by a fox and she is now in chicken heaven after a visit to the vets. we now have a large enclosure but are let out when I can watch them still. They love life and I will never forget all six running around the garden with the first down pour not knowing what is was. I will only get ex batts in future. Wouldn't ever want to be without them now. ???? forever.
lovely hens - Kathleen, East Lothian,
When they arrive they look very scruffy but after no time they are learning to scratch as hens do and within a few weeks their feathers start to grow back and any sores on them heal up with nourishment and handling.
The ex Bat! - Ashley,
I think it's great you save ex battery/factory farm chickens! Their life is hell until they are saved, they live in a cage no larger than a magazine page, crammed with other chickens, often trampled/stepped on, and most often die due to the horrible conditions. Most are left to die. An tossed out/stepped on when they die.
Great girls - Anne,
When you get them they in poor shape but with TLC they become Beautiful Ladies-- Eggs really tasty and thick-- However , they will weed and root in your garden VERY well so make sure you have a run if you want to preserve your lawn and flower beds . Mine great with cats and dogs . Cheeky , brave survivors who roost under my kitchen table if they get in . Health good when recover from horrible battery conditions -- Would not be without my 6 Ladies .