Mother Hen Tips - Caring for Ex-Battery Hens

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 07 April 2017

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Hello chicken keepers!

Caring for an ex-battery hen is one of the most rewarding things you can do as chook keeper. I have cared for a few over the years and seeing their transformation from scraggly and subdued chickens to vibrant and curious pet chooks is a great joy.

If you’ve ever thought about giving a rescued chicken a new home there are a few organisations that can help you out. We have a great article on how to get your ex-battery hens here with contact details for organisations in your state.

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Once you have your formerly caged chickens, caring for them is a little different to what you may be used to. They usually present with less feathers, due to stress pecking, and can be extremely shy. Don’t be too worried, they will come out of their egg-shells with love, attentive care and of course, treats!

Have a peck at my top 3 ways to care for your rescue chicken here:

Our two part chat with Melanie and Becky - two neighbours that adopted ex-battery hens and shared their care - is an insightful look at the process for first-timers and a great read for anyone thinking of taking a rescued chook under their wing.

Your rescued chickens are going to need lots of love, support and patience as they adjust to their new life. Treat them to a variety of feed and watch their intelligence blossom with interactive chicken coop boredom busters.

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Feathers Forever,

Kassandra x