Hens First Day of Freedom

auntie marge

Yesterday was the new hens first full day of freedom. How did they spend it? Why, eating of course!  They certainly have an appetite and are looking a little better than they did on Sunday. We are keeping an eye on Chrissie at the moment. She bolted like a bullet from the coop this morning straight to the drinker and drank very excessively, making her crop swell like a balloon.  She seems OK at the moment, we shall see how she is tomorrow. Auntie Marge has a swollen balloon bottom, again being kept under close observation. I have a vets appointment on stand by for Thursday with an exotics specialist (chickens are classed as exotics) just in case.

brenda, shazzy & chrissie

Excuse the awful blue tarpaulin, its a temporary screen to keep next doors super models quiet. Yes, you guessed it, they are not happy. Oh no. Hand bags at the ready plus plenty of lip gloss. Witches.

shazzy & brenda

Another perfect egg in the nestbox this morning, not sure who is laying (quite frankly I am surprised that they are) but Shazzy claimed it as her own, announcing to the world that she is now a proper chicken. As you can see they are skeletal. Heartbreaking isn’t it? This is what intensive farming for cheap sh*tty eggs does to them. Disgusting!

10 thoughts on “Hens First Day of Freedom

  1. Isn’t it amazing how long their necks look when they don’t have many feathers. Are you feeding them anything special to help them re-feather?


  2. Thanks Sara :)

    Welshpurpletree, we normally give dried mealworms & sunflower hearts, anything with stacks of protein really. They have been having spaghetti with olive oil to help them bulk up a bit quicker, they are so thin its frightening.

    We also put Orego Stim in their water, fantastic stuff. It helps with gut health as well as a general tonic and stress reducer. We still give it to our original flock.

    Shazzy has the longest neck I have ever seen! She looks like a vulture bless her.


  3. When my girls have issues I have fed them yogurt. We have Stonyfield with all the six active/live cultures.

    Thanks again for giving these girls a decent life.

    Grace and Peace.


  4. Hi city chickens, we also give live yoghurt, its great stuff!

    Hi Sara, when Chrissie hen came out of the coop yesterday morning (Tuesday) her crop had not emptied properly. Then she filled it with water due to her excessive drinking, so it ballooned quite a bit. It did empty during the day and she seemed fine, eating and scratching around etc. She seems fine this morning too.

    Perhaps she was self medicating, I dont know but I shall keep a close eye on her. Im so determined to get these 4 ladies back to health, and I will, just hope that mother nature is not against me.


  5. Great to see more pics of your girls enjoying their retirement. Hope Chrissie and Marge are doing OK today…and thank goodness the rain is holding off for the next few days – good timing for your girls!

    I forget how scrawny they look when they come out, it’s really really shocking. Anyone that kept their pet like this would be prosecuted, yet when it’s in farming and money is involved, somehow a lower standard is ‘acceptable’. The state of those hens is NOT acceptable. Please keep the pics coming so everyone can watch them grow into the hens that they should have always been.

    Chrissie may have not been used to a long night without water, as I think they only let them rest for a short time when they’re in the battery cages. Also, because they’ve been starved before release she may have eaten too much and not drunk enough! Hopefully she’ll sort it out in the next few days, you never know, she may not be used to having so much access to water up until now.

    Good work Karen!!!!


  6. wow, look at those girls. They have a bit of work to do before they start to look healthy. Sounds like they are enjoying their new gourmet diet. Its too bad your other girls arent happy at the new residents. How old are the hens usually when they are rescued, do you know?


  7. Thanks Lucy, I think I may have made a boo-boo by leaving food down in the coop the other night. Chrissie seems perfectly fine now, in fact, she is a rather cheeky little hen which is great.

    Hi Stacey!
    Most ex battery hens are around 18 months old but I believe these girls to be a little older than that. The other hens are coming around, I can leave the screen down now without too much fuss.


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