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posted by Scarlet, 24 November 2008, 8:01pm

Eva's story



A year...
posted by Scarlet, 6th July 2007, 6:15pm

It's been a year since we first rescued Eva from my friend's back garden. I still remeber how she looked (terrified) and how she ran under a bush when she saw us.

When we knelt down all we could see was this red pimply bottem, and a few scrawny brown feathers...and boy did she smell!

It only took a few days for us to realise what a sweet, friendly and gorgeous little hen she was. She spent six months with us, and was gradually accepted by the other chickens - although Milly was constantly jealous of the attention Eva received.

So yes, a year has gone since we found her...And i'm still so glad that i got to meet such a darling little hen like Eva. If it wasn't for her this website wouldn't even exist :)



sorry this is so late...
posted by Scarlet, 23 January 2007, 6:57pm

Just thought i would leave a message in here about Eva passing away...after all, it is the final chapter of her story.

She died on the 29th December 2006.

Eva is still sorely missed and I think of her every day. She was a beautiful little hen, and so friendly-which is amazing after the treatment she received during the first year of her life. She would follow me around when she came out of the coop, and watch TV with me in the house...she was a fantastic little hen, and all i can hope is that she had a good six months with us.

Below are a collection of photos of Eva, from the very first day we got her to the last photos taken of her on Christmas Day.

http://batteryhens.scrapblog.com/ripeva/



Eva
posted by Scarlet, 28 October 2006, 4:29pm

Here are some photos of Eva, from the day we got her to some that were taken just the other day--enjoy! :0)

click here to view them!



Eva, the ex battery chicken
Posted by Scarlet

Eva is an ex-battery hen. She was thin as a rake when we got her, and her bottom and all her underside was bald (from the battery hens she shared a cage with) and she has been debeaked (up to a third of her top beak has been hacked off). She has a floppy comb (although that has perked up a bit now) and this is due to the heat in the battery cages.

She was rescued from the Chicken Factory in the village next to ours (we live in Wilsden) She’d been transported from whatever hellhole she had been living in (a battery farm, that is). She’d been crammed into one of the trucks and had managed to escape - it happens quite a lot.

Luckily Eva had found her way into my friend Lois’s garden who lives just opposite the chicken factory. She called up the RSPCA, and they basically told her to do one because they weren’t driving out for an inconsequential animal like a chicken. So my friend called me and, naturally, we went and rescued the poor thing!

She was hiding in a bush when we got there, and all you could see through the branches was her bald arse. She was shrieking her head off, and could only see out of one eye because of her floppy comb. Well, first we surrounded the bush (ooooh, exciting!) and we reached in and Eva squawked louder and tried to run *through* our hands and we just grabbed her (there was a lot of flapping involved!) and bundled her into a big cardboard box with straw, where she stayed for the next half an hour whilst we made up a ‘recovery cage’ at the side of our main chicken pen.

After two days she was pacing up and down an awful lot trying to get into the coop with the other chickens (we have three, two Black Sex Link hens and One Light Sussex: Tilly and Penny, and Milly - you can see more about them at www.hencam.co.uk!) She was still panicking when someone put their hand into the cage, either to refill a water bottle, fill up the food or remove an egg. But, even more worrying than the terror, was the pacing so...

We put Eva into the coop with the other three, segregated at the back so they couldn’t get at her. I started spending as much time as possible in the coop (anything up to eight hours - sad I know!) but it was worth it because gradually Eva calmed down around me and, when she realised I protected her from the other three, she started letting me pick her up and started napping on my knee-dead cute!

After about a week of this I was going on holiday, so there’d be no-one to sit in with Eva - and we couldn’t leave her in that tiny section all day so we split the whole of the chicken coop in half and gave Eva the smaller half. Milly, Tilly and Penny were not impressed, but now it was easier for them to see each other (Eva and the other three, that is). The holes in the netting that separated them was big enough for the chicken to squeeze their heads through, and they shared the same water container, so there was plenty of opportunities to see each other. Everyday Eva was gaining strength and getting fatter (although it would take up to four months for her feathers to grow back) and we were preparing to move her full time into the coop, no protection at all.

And that’s how it is now. She’s in with the other three and Milly (who is the most gentle, loving chicken I know) seems to be the worst attacker. She’s okay, no blood, and they haven’t pulled hardly any of her feathers out. She’s doing okay. I take her out of the coop for about an hour a day so she can eat and drink in peace and just generally enjoy herself, then I put her back and take Milly out for about half an hour to try build her confidence with Tilly and Penny. Everything seems to be going well and that, my friends, is Eva’s story :)