10 More Rescued

10 More Rescued

This month, we took in another 10 hens who were destined for the slaughter house at just 18 months old. The natural lifespan of hens is up to 16 years.

These were ex battery hens who are now not profitable enough for the farmer. These girls will now live the rest of their lives with the other residents at the sanctuary in safety. They are enjoying their first taste of the outside world and being able to do what comes naturally – both sadly denied to caged hens whose needs are a secondary consideration to profitability.

It is always lovely to see their first few days of freedom, experiencing grass under their feet, cool fresh water, sunshine, mud and everything else!

Did you know?

In the wild, hens would only lay 20 eggs –  in a whole year! On modern farms, hens are subjected to near constant lighting and fed high protein feed to increase egg production so they produce over 300 eggs a year.

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Saying hello

The rescued hens meet our girls.