Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rescued!

We picked up our six chickens from the nut house last night - we were only going to get five, but on hearing that they had just rescued 210 rather than the 150 they were planning on getting, we (rather feebly) took another one. 

If all works out OK, we'll get some more!

We were genuinely shocked by the state of the poor things, they were supposedly 'free range' hens, but they are in an awful state. 

We've had rescued battery hens before that were in far better condition than these.

Today was there first outing at the Turnip House:

bald and scrawny - not equipped for a brisk windy day

in very poor condition

this one is almost bald

the fan is totally flopped - a tell tale sign of stress and bad condition


meet the Cockerel - look at the difference in size!
Charlie getting acquainted 
 Still, despite their poor condition, and traumatic 24 hours being shifted about, we got 4 eggs form them - better than our own mollycoddled flock! 

We will be posting more pictures in the coming weeks, hopefully showing great improvement

4 comments:

Steve Byrne said...

Lucky hens - they've got themselves a great home, and I'm sure they'll settle in soon enough.

Nut House Hen Rescue said...

Thank you for giving them a beautiful home.
Babs & Sam at the Nut House

Nut House Hen Rescue said...

Thank you for giving therm a beautiful home
Babs & Sam

Clonachullion said...

Despite the gruesome weather today, they ventured out and pecked away at the grass (after giving us 4 eggs - amazing!) All are in safe and sound tonight. We can see colour coming back to their combs already - amazing creatures!