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    • CommentAuthorchirstoph
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 10:19am (Mar 24th 2008)
    Hi Guys,
    We recently got 4 ex-hattery hens. They live in our back garden with a nice big run. When we got them we got 1 egg a day and on the 4th day i found 1 dead chicken. I didnt think anything of it as i thought it would be the stress of seeing the great outdoors. But i havent had any eggs since.

    I am a new comer to all this so i maybe doing something obvious but hopefull you guys can help. They live in a sort of storage shed that we have converted to a hen house. They have a little area to walk about and feed and then we have 3 washing up bowls for them to nest it. They use the bowls to sleep in. Of course they dont realise their own weight and stand on one corner and poof all the straw comes flying out all over the floor. But they still sleep in the empty washing up bowls.

    We are having a little power struggle. We have 2 big chickens with very little feather loss. And then one that was very oven ready when we got her (sophie) she has now took a demonic look and started to grow new feather, which i think the other chickens are pecking at as i found 2 spots where they have drawn blood. Do i need to seperate her from the others?

    Please advise if i should be worried about them not laying eggs, i have had them for about 3-4 weeks now.

    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 7:47pm (Mar 24th 2008) edited
    If they start to bleed, you need to separate them from the others. Chickens will keep pecking at her till they kill her. I've learned this the hard way. :sad: Wait till her feathers cover her and her sores have healed to put her back in with the others. Chickens have a "pecking order" but if a lot of blood appears, they are carrying it too far.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 7:50pm (Mar 24th 2008)
    Sorry but I have only just grasped the meaning of "Oven Ready" when refering to these recue hens.

    Having a little weep now, I am very sensitive....
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2008 10:40am (Mar 25th 2008)

    Keeper of the hens

    Battery chickens are weakened anyway by the strains put on them by the battery system, which could have resulted in the death. Also, egg production will never be 100% as these chucks you have got will be a year or two old, and egg production drops after the first year.

    We had an ex-bat who laid a perfect egg the day after we got her, but then she didn't lay again for several months. I think it was the shock of moving her from what she was used to, a tiny cage, and then suddenly having all this space and other feathered friends to interact with. Also, battery hens are used to almost constant light to make them produce as many eggs as possible, so it may be a shock to their system to suddenly have so much 'dark time!'

    When oven readies are growing new feathers other chickens do tend to peck them out - Milly did this to Eva all the time i used to get so cross! If there isn't much blood you can try leaving her in with the others - however if they seem to be attracted to the blood then remove her, as like Lynn said chickens love the sight of blood and will peck a hen to her death. You can also try getting red lights to put in their shed / house, as this apparantly stops chickens pecking at the blood.

    Make sure your ex-bats stay warm, especially Sophie and any other particularly bald girls you have! Also, the first time it rained Eva didn't understand why water was falling from the sky, and we had to lead her to shelter. She did learn over time, but that's something you should probably watch out for :bigsmile:

    Hope this helps. Enjoy your ex-bats, they're such lovely chickens and i'm sure they're grateful for everything you've done for them.
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2008 10:46am (Mar 25th 2008)
    Aaahh so thats why you were typing for ages hehe
    • CommentAuthorPeter16
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2008 2:20pm (Apr 26th 2008)
    Red the egg you got, was probably already in her system.
    With battery hens its best to introduce them to space very slowly, as it is all over whelming,
    the ones i saved a few months ago, are just like normal hens, and have as much character if not more as any of my oter girls :bigsmile:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2008 5:15pm (Apr 26th 2008)
    I thinks it's lovely to offer ex-bats a home. It must be wonderful to see them blossom and relax in a kind environment. I live in hope that there is an afterlife for battery chicken farmers involving a very very very small cage which is 'adequate for their needs'...:devil:
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 5:36pm (Apr 27th 2008)
    Yes, likewise CC. And somewhere that foxhunters can be chased by a pack (sett? no, that's badgers) of foxes and then pulled apart like a rag doll.
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 10:12pm (Apr 27th 2008)
    There is still fox hunting in GB? Really?

    Of course in this country we have our own versions of this atrocity. Like shooting moose from helicopters. And the terrible things happening to wolves in the western States right now. Sob.
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 10:14pm (Apr 27th 2008)
    No, fox hunting was banned, but they keep trying to find a way around it and there's still lots of trouble around it. I really don't understand why humans have to be so evil. I hate it when people talk about someone who's done something bad and liken it to animals.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 10:35pm (Apr 27th 2008)
    I think the animals should hire a really good barrister...
    • CommentAuthorPenny N
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2008 4:36pm (May 21st 2008)
    I entirely echo Kateb's comment; I get really mad at reports that say 'they behaved like wild animals' when referring to evil human behaviour. Animals aren't evil. They don't kill for sport, and they don't torture. Only we have discovered how to do that with such relish.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2008 5:36pm (May 21st 2008)
    Er...less of the 'we'! THEY might do it with relish...but I personally enjoy levying a surcharge if I work for any foxhunters, and it gets sent to the League Against Cruel Sports!:devil::wink:
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2008 7:44pm (May 21st 2008)
    That's brilliant CC!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 3:30pm (May 22nd 2008)
    I call it the Git Tax...:devil: