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    • CommentAuthoremmah
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 9:04pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    My 3 ex-batts arrived at 3pm today! They are my first ever hens and I cannot stop watching them! I have let them out into their small enclosure where they will be staying for the next week or so while they settle in. Mine must be very brave hens they seem to be very confident about coming out into the run and are also making a fair bit of noise (hope they start to keep it down the neighbours will be moaning!)

    I will post some pics tomorrow :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 9:06pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    You are so GREAT to have taken in some battery hens! Good for you and I'm glad they are making you happy. Looking forward to the pictures.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 9:28pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    Congratulations on the new arrivals, Emmah. Do you know what breed they are? I am looking foward to seeing the pics.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 9:40pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    me too... hope you have fun together.. hey we have never met yet emmah... me Wazza you emms LOL Hello and welcome to the forum
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 9:41pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    Don't scare her off Wazza!:D
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 9:42pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    Hi Ace,,,, no way I am a good guy...... keep eating those m & M's babes
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 9:43pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    Hi Wazza! I don't have any more m&ms.:(
    • CommentAuthoremmah
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 10:19pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    I'm so chuffed with them :) I sat watching them before for an hour! Even the dog cant stop watching them! I'm not sure what breed they are they are brown if that helps ;)

    Will be taking pics of them tomorrow for you all to see!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 10:21pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    The dog might we watching them for a different reason...

    Can't wait to see the photos. Red & others will know what they are, most likely, once those are posted.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 10:25pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    They might be RIR.:)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 10:25pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    Its so good that after such a bad start in life - stuck in a battery farm - they've now got freedom (well, to a degree anyway!) I can't wait to see the pictures - are they in fairly good condition? I always imagine ex-batts to be poor bedraggled featherless things.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 10:27pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    Oh, I just remembered something else! I was driving home last week and at the end of the one road is a travellers site. A little further along the path from the entrance were about 4 chickens, all toddling along as if they didn't have a care in the world being led by the cockrel. I wish I could've stopped but its a fast busy road so not wise!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 10:29pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    A few months ago i was walking home from school and this chicken was just randomly walking down the pavement. It made me laugh.:)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 10:29pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    I see that sometimes out here Kate. Especially at one house just as you enter Langley. Gorgeous chickens wandering around close to the road edge. I never know what to do.

    What is a *travellers site?*
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 10:34pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    Its a council run site where gypsies can park their caravans while travelling around the country. Officially.

    In reality its where people who choose to live in a caravan reside, usually uneducated but very skilled at making money, drive BIG cars, have BIG families, and many of them have criminal records too. Usually of Irish descent.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 10:37pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    Ah.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 10:38pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    LOL - Emmah, the fact that we went off-topic by, roughly, post 14 is the Hencam way. Just to know...
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2008 10:40pm (Aug 11th 2008)
     
    I went off topic in post 7 when i started talking about m&ms!:hungry:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 3:09am (Aug 12th 2008)
     
    Emmah - were the hens delivered? How did they get to you?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 3:15am (Aug 12th 2008)
     
    We want pics - hurry up! :D
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 5:57am (Aug 12th 2008)
     
    Emmah, I'd love to see the pictures of your new hens, so I hope you can post them soon. Congratulations on your new ex-battery hens.:yay_jump:
    • CommentAuthoremmah
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 10:37am (Aug 12th 2008)
     
    I went to pick them up from the BHWT at Haslingden. They are all in pretty good condition with just a few feathers missing for their bottoms, one is a little more 'oven ready' than the other 2 but already she is the brave one, she was first out in the small run and this morning when I let them out she threw herself straight out :)

    I was going to keep them in for a couple of weeks but if they keep this up I will have to let them free range before the end of the week! They are not even scared of the dog!

    No eggs this morning tho I got up at 5.30am I was so excited too :) Just sorting out my pics now!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 11:51am (Aug 12th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi Emmah, welcome to the forum :)

    They'll probably have a bit of a rest for a few days before they start laying again (it's a bit stressful moving!) but I'm sure they'll reward you with lots of eggs soon.

    Your hens will most likely be ISA Browns. They're friendly and quite laid back when you get to know them (and when they get to know you!)

    They won't be RIR's Ace as RIR's aren't sex-link (ie: can't get rid of the males when they are day-old), and RIR's are more intolerant of overcrowding etc. RIR's would also cost too much (sad fact of battery farming)

    It's great to see the BHWT do such great work rehoming, and even better that you've given them a fantastic new life Emmah!

    Just listen out for that "big egg" song.......
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 12:10pm (Aug 12th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Emma, the stress of moving them to a new home will mean that they might have a bit of a break from egg-laying, but they'll probably start laying soon enough! I bet they're so happy with their new home :)

    That's fantastic that you got your girls! Do they have any names yet? Eva (our ex-bat) had a bald bottom, too, but the feathers grow back soon enough. Just make sure the oven-ready doesn't get sun-burnt if it's hot where you are! :P

    Yes, like my dad said they're probably ISA Browns or maybe New Hampshire Reds (a sex-link breed developed from Rhode Island Reds)
    Can't wait to see the pictures, thank you for sharing your good news :yay_jump::woohoo:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 3:02pm (Aug 12th 2008)
     
    Could they be Warrens, as they are commonly used for battery farming?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 3:12pm (Aug 12th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ace, ISA Brown is the supposedly 'proper' name for Warrens, so they're exactly the same breed. Here's a link to a good website about hybrids that mentions ISA Browns / Warrens and has a photo - it also has all about meat & egg birds:

    All About Chicken Breeds: Hybrids
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 4:02pm (Aug 12th 2008)
     
    Oh yeah. Thanks Red.;)
    • CommentAuthoremmah
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 9:02pm (Aug 12th 2008)
     
    Well here are the pics :)

    These 2 are mary and ev named after my nan and great aunt :)

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    This is what baco (named after bacofoil as shes a bit more oven ready than the others!) was busy hiding in the nest doing! I felt like a proud mum when I saw it :)

    Photobucket

    I'm going to let them have a bit a free range tomorrow they seem really perky and dont want to leave them cooped up for too much longer. I'm already planning on getting more just waiting to see how the neighbours cope with them first ;)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 9:15pm (Aug 12th 2008)
     
    Nice hens, Emmah. They look in very good condition.:) Thanks for sharing the pics.;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2008 11:34pm (Aug 12th 2008)
     
    Laying eggs already!! They must feel at home; eggcellent pics, Emma!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 13th, 2008 7:33am (Aug 13th 2008)
     
    Wonderful pictures, Emmah..I love the coop you made for them. They are going to have a nice life with you now. They are very lucky to have found an owner like you. Baco gave you a thank you gift. :_pecking:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 13th, 2008 12:12pm (Aug 13th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Emma, they are beautiful! And seem to be in quite good condition, too - that's fantastic that Baco (love the name ;) ) has already laid you an egg. What a cutie!

    When we got our first three hens, we were told by the farmer to leave them locked in the run for a week before letting them out to free-range. However i really don't think you need to wait a whole week, as long as you watch them to make sure they don't fly away the first time you let them out! :P

    As long as they know that their coop is 'home,' they should be fine free-ranging.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 14th, 2008 12:03am (Aug 14th 2008)
     
    Emma seems to name her hens along the same lines as CC!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 14th, 2008 1:32am (Aug 14th 2008)
     
    I was thinking that too, Kate! :D :D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 14th, 2008 1:33am (Aug 14th 2008)
     
    I wish I could look at her pictures but they haven't had their size made to fit the forum and take WAY to long to load for me... Sob.