I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had lost my last 4 remaining chickens to a visiting fox. After contacting Little Hen Rescue to find out when their next rehoming day was, we reserved 6 hens and this morning we drove over to Flordon and picked up 6 ex battery hens. They are only between 50 – 70 weeks old and deemed by the farmer to be too old for laying. In reality these girls will continue to lay eggs for years to come if allowed to live out their natural lives.
Once we got home we released them into their new home. The first time in their short lives that they had felt the sun on their backs and the green grass under their feet. They stood about looking very bewildered for a while but were soon pecking at the grass and plants and it wasn’t long before they were tucking into their feed.
Tonight should be interesting as when we put them away in their house at dusk we shall have to actually sit them on their perches. Having never perched before this will take a bit of getting used to as all they have known is standing 24 hours on metal mesh in the battery cages.
I wonder when I shall get my first egg from them?