Monday, August 20, 2012

Battered hens


We have rescued and added to our coop a few battery hens which otherwise would have been disposed of. Well, the term battery hens seems to fit remarkably well, as the poor chickens are very battered. It's really startling to see the difference between our home-grown, spoiled-rotten, glossy-feathered birds and those poor hens who have perhaps never seen daylight.

They are still laying well enough, however, and hopefully their condition will improve in our nice big coop and later in the yard.

I hope more people will become aware of the cruelty that involves obtaining battery-raised eggs.

6 comments:

Mila said...

What a wonderful thing of you to do! I wish more people would see what we do to animals, which are creatures of God as well.

Rose said...

Here! Here!

Our first chooks were battery chooks, we had to teach them to walk and scratch. Watch the battery girls don't get picked on by the stronger girls, tho' they'll all settle in soon.

Mrs. Anna T said...

Rose, fortunately our home-raised chickens are still young and so don't dare to peck the newcomers. Also, we kept them in a different coop, and merged the two groups in the bigger coop on the day the ex-bats arrived, so it wasn't established territory. This way all is peaceful. :)

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Raisin4Cookies said...

We adopted 5 battery hens just a week ago! They are already scratching in the dirt, nibbling our slugs and looking very happy indeed. I never buy battery hen eggs anymore, but I'm sure they are in pre-made items on the shelf.

Sasha said...

Poor birds! I am very sorry for them too. Good for you!