I have just finished the latest newsletter - I hope you all enjoy it. In addition to some subscriber coops and photos, tips and a story I also have an article on re-homing battery hens. If you have ever thought about re-homing an ex-battery hen you may have wondered what you might expect from one. Ex-battery hens can go on to thrive as 'real' hens in your backyard.
Battery eggs will hopefully one day be a thing of the past, but it does take time. One thing we can all do that will help speed things up is to refuse to buy any products that contain battery farmed eggs (if a product contains free-range eggs it will usually say so).
If you are interested in supporting an ex-battery hen there is currently a 'help care for a battery hen for a week' campaign in progress.
If you are interested in re-homing a battery hen(s) then you may be able to find contacts through your local animal welfare charity. Sometimes it is possible to go to the source directly - egg farms are often willing to sell off their 'spent' hens. Please bear in mind when contacting them that many egg farmers do use cage-free / free range egg farming. Those that are using caged hens, are probably operating well within the legal requirements for egg farming and will be happy to co-operate with you if possible.
Here is a link for USA based egg companies grouped by state –
If you are in the UK then The Battery Hen Wellfare Trust can help you locate some ex-battery hens http://www.bhwt.org.uk
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