Add to delicious
Add to technorati
Add to technorati
Digg it
Latest Viral Video:

Follow us on twitter

Discussion Tag Cloud

The hencam forum is proud to be powered by Exa Networks.


We hope you enjoy your visit and join our happy hencam community!

If you haven't already got an account, it's easy to join (and completely free), just click the sign-in button at the top-right of the screen and click Apply for Membership.

If you want to help hencam, then please use our Amazon affiliate links the next time you purchase anything from Amazon - for
UK amazon purchases use this link or for
US amazon purchases use this link! It won't cost you anything at all and amazon will send us few pence which will go to the girls, new cameras, treats and more!

If you can think of anything that should be in this space, then let me know!

Welcome Guest!
Want to take part in these discussions? If you have an account, sign in now.
If you don't have an account, apply for one now. We'd love you to join and pin your location on our map!

If you are interested in knitting jumpers for hens, click here!
Want to help...? It doesn't need to cost you anything!

    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2009 10:31am (Jun 8th 2009) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    As a few people have asked where they can buy chickens (and also rescue ex-battery hens), I thought I'd start a thread of organisations and places where you can buy chickens from.

    Please try and keep this thread on topic as I think it's important that this one at least stays on-message. ;)

    Battery Hen Rescues

    Battery Hen Welfare Trust
    Rescues battery hens for rehoming throughout the UK, contact details and rescue schedules here.

    Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary
    Brook Farm, Brooks Road, Raunds, Northants, NN9 6NS
    07758 728265 or 01933 622182
    Rescue chickens (and many other animals) often available, for a small donation.

    Where to buy non ex-battery chickens

    Please consider buying rescue chickens first!

    Emsley Farmshop
    Located near Leeds/Bradford airport, has an open farm, farm shop and occasionally has hens for sale (ask in the shop - remember to tell them you want a live one or they'll bring a frozen one out!!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2009 11:53am (Jun 8th 2009) edited
    Little Morton Farm
    Located in Derbyshire, very friendly and helpful. Ring to make an appointment first as it is a working farm and they are not always in the shop. No appointment needed if you can go Saturday though.
    • CommentAuthorzimonline
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2009 7:36pm (Jun 13th 2009) edited
    Thanks guys just what I was looking for. I posted this in the general section but someone told me to have a look here.

    hi guys I am new to this forum and was just wondering what the best sites to buy chickens are as I'm thinking about getting a few of my own. Sadly, I don't think I'll have a web cam to put on them.

    Many thanks look forward to hearing from you
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2009 10:08pm (Jun 13th 2009) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    I know in America it is a lot more common to buy chickens from the internet, I'm not really sure of any websites in the UK.

    If you want a specific breed of chicken, especially if it's a rare one, look it up on the internet and there is bound to be a breeders list somewhere! You could try looking up hatcheries in the Yellow Pages too...

    Farms are a good place to start, as they may be able to sell you chickens or advise you where to get them from and give you the details of their breeder - that's how we got Tilly, Libby and Penny :)

    Hope this helps, sorry I don't know any sites!
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2009 11:27pm (Jun 13th 2009) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Not been funny but zimonline only signed up to add a link to their website from hencam - actually they're the second person to do this - I suppose I should be flattered that it's a sign of hencam's 'success'?

    It's pretty standard SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) - the more 'quality' links there are to your website, the higher it ranks, so you find sites that have content similar to what your website is, then post a link to it in the comments in the hope of siphoning some traffic and improving your search engine ranking.

    I've considered it pretty harmless so far but I wish people would be more honest about it (for example zimonline has signed up to at least one other chicken related forum and posted a similar question about where to buy chickens, but they finally deduce the best place is the website they are promoting!)

    At least we've been fortunate in the two cases we've seen it has been for genuine chicken related websites, so that's good at least, it could have been an online viagra store!!

    What do others think? Should their posts be left, or deleted?

    The other person was the guy linking to his chicken coop plans website btw...

    Incidentally, I emailed the BHWT a while ago asking if they would consider adding a link to hencam on their links page (as I pointed out we had a similar message and happily recommended many people to them, and I thought the more people see that hens make great pets then the better), and their reply was a polite but firm "no" - they only add links to those companies that support them financially... makes you think doesn't it... Maybe I should ask them how much a link costs!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2009 9:23am (Jun 14th 2009)
    I think a good firm press on the delete button is the answer. We are all upright good and honest people here and as you rightly say they could have been polite and asked first. Get rid of them both and any others that take liberties as well. We are all polite enough to meet and greet them as they come into the coop and to be treated like that makes me extremely cross.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2009 10:58am (Jun 14th 2009)
    Hear hear...if they can't be open about their business, do we really want to recommend them as people to deal with?
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2009 5:31pm (Jun 14th 2009)
    I didn't visit that web site - is it selling chickens? Problem is if someone wants a chicken and goes there, gets one and its sickly / not as expected / that sort of thing, they'll blame hencam! They should be honest. I am deliberately NOT going to click their link now! I say delete!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2009 6:14pm (Jun 14th 2009)
    Yes; DELETE!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2009 12:15pm (Jun 15th 2009)
    They sound very sneaky guys to me and not a sort the likes of us should be assocciated with.
    Kick 'em out, I say.

    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2009 2:38pm (Jun 15th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Deleted the link outta this thread anyway. It doesn't really effect us, does it? Just means they're losers and we should be glad we've got the O'Mighty Neil to watch out for idiots like this ;)

    I don't care if they stay or go - but can we change their name to something stupid again, pleeeease?! :)

    As for the BHWT, they're a voluntary organisation so need to make money somehow, and probably think that a little profit would be nice, too, so they're gonna try get money wherever they can...However at the end of the day you can't argue that they don't do a good thing, so who cares if they're getting money for doing it?! We don't need a link from them anyway, it's all good :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2009 8:27pm (Aug 17th 2009)
    I have got the pattern for making jackets for battery hens if any one would like it. I will be starting to make some any day now as winter will be on us before we know it so I want to try and get ahead. You don't have to be expert at knitting as they are quite simple. If you would like the pattern whisper your e-mail address and I will send it to you.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2009 11:53pm (Aug 18th 2009)
    Pattern on it's way Tracy. Many thanks for your support. They send the hens with no feathers to their new homes in them during the cold weather so are always needing more. It doesn't matter what colours you use they can be stripey if you got yarn to use up. The address where to send them is on the bottom of the page. I am hoping and praying that Indi will have her own plumage by the time the colder weather comes and won't need one !! I got one started tonight when my PC was down. I will have to see if I can get one of my girls to kindly model it for a photo Ha ha.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 19th, 2009 10:22pm (Aug 19th 2009)
    Thanks for letting me know you got the pattern ok. I did half of one yesterday when my PC was down and it isn't that hard. I am sure your Mum will be able to do it. If she does find it hard I will try to adapt it to make it easier.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2009 8:34pm (Aug 20th 2009)
    I got a little jumper made Tracy it is like a little tabbard top, real cute I showed it to Grandad North when he came home and he wanted to go out and get a hen to try it on !!! I said no as I want to get a picture of it on one and I didn't have time trying to get his meal done.
    I have decided to rewrite the pattern as they have a couple of Knits where there should be purls and I think I can do the neck so it is easier when it comes to doing the crochet top. I will send you the revised one as soon as i got it sorted.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2009 8:36pm (Aug 20th 2009)
    Thanks I'll email the new one to my mum.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 21st, 2009 12:41am (Aug 21st 2009)
    I managed to work out the one they give out so you might want to let her have both just in case Ha ha
    • CommentTimeAug 21st, 2009 1:07pm (Aug 21st 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi NN, could you attach the knitting pattern here or email me it so I could use it on hencam? Would be very much appreciated :-)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 21st, 2009 8:48pm (Aug 21st 2009)
    yes of course if you would like me to Neil as it is for Little Red Hen I wasn't sure if to post it or not. I have the one off their site, and have knitted it, but the pattern wasn't that good if you are new to knitting, also the neck was messy and not easy to crochet round so it looked nice. I am redoing it and have worked out the neck so it doesnt need crocheting so will post both as soon as I get it finished.