To give battery hens a new home, is something that many people would like to do. You can obviously only do this, if you have suitable land and no predators nearby (this includes wild predators like foxes and domestic predators like dogs or cats – the latter may be at risk themselves if trying to attack full-grown chickens, but would be likely to attack a weak rescued battery hen).
British Hen Welfare Trust offers ex-battery hens for adoption, with lots of advice on how to safely look after them, away from natural predators like foxes. This stops ex-battery hens being killed at the end of their egg-laying lives. See lots of ways to help chickens.
If you keep chickens, this post has great info on what to feed (and not to feed) chickens. Many foods are toxic to them including acorns, avocado, chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee, dates, aubergine, garlic, green potato skin & tomatoes, onions, peanuts, beans, rhubarb, tuna or mouldy foods.
You can adopt up to 20 hens but they are very strict on spacing (an ideal hen house is as large as a shed with plenty of space & runs: they sell their own chicken houses). Read their FAQS, as there is lots to know. Other charities that do the same are:
- Fresh Start for Hens
- Give a Hen a Home (Lancashire)
- Raystede (Sussex)
- PACT (Norfolk/Suffolk).
- The Macs Farm
- Lucky Hens Rescue
A good hen-friendly reading list is:
A Book for Children
Gwen the Rescue Hen is the story of a chicken who has spent her life laying eggs in a factory, when a tornado lands her in a strange place. She finds safety & friendship with a boy named Mateo, but neither of them have any idea on what a chicken does! Includes chicken facts (extraordinary eyesight, 24 sounds & they’re descended from dinosaurs).