7yo wanted to adopt some battery hens for his birthday. Here they are seeing daylight for the first time

  1. They could barely stand, and collapsed soon after photo was taken. Their beaks are cut, and their claws were a tangled mess. We needed to spoon feed them the first 24 hours. The saddest looking hens I’ve seen, but they’re thriving now, with personalities and within a month have nearly regrown their full feathers.

  2. What a sweet child! I’ve had debeaked rescues and they get along just fine, though it is difficult for them to pick up some foods/bugs. I hope they make a full recovery!

  3. I adopted battery hens too. It’s amazing how adaptable chickens are. This practice must be stopped. It is fully possible to farm chickens in an open environment.

  4. How did you get them to regrow there feathers so quickly? Our ex battery hens took a few months (not helped by them pecking each other). Is there anything you added to their diet for feather regrowth?

  5. Ask the battery farm if they are selling laying birds. They usually dispatch/sell them off for a few dollars at around 18 months, making way for new. These were $5 each.

  6. Wonderful idea for a protein slurry. As a suggestion, I feed mine vegan yogurt and they seem to like it more. I think it’s also better for their little systems than dairy.

  7. Daughter, at the age of 21, bought some 'mature laying hens' that were supposed to be 18 months old. She came home with like... 15 battery hens, and they were not. healthy. and they were well beyond 'mature'.

  8. wow what a selfless child ❤️❤️❤️ thats so heartwarming best of luck to your hens. ill bet theyll be his best friends

  9. As chickens, all they understand is the immediate past, present and immediate future, and at the moment, their life is incredible. They are loving life. And every moment, they will begin to forget their past and look forward to sun bathing, dusting, treat time, and running from roosters (maybe not that I suppose)

  10. We've had ex-batts since 2009 and they're the most amazing little featherbundles. They come home with us with barely a feather on their backs and have to learn everything about being a chicken. They do blossom quickly with access to real food, water and way less stress to what they've only ever known [and dried mealworms].

  11. Check with the battery farms if they are selling laying birds. They get rid of them for next to nothing at around 18 months making way for new. Thus farm is quite testy about animal rescuers, so you have to approach them with quite a gruff uncaring manner, ensuring them that you just want some layers to replace.

  12. That's lovely. I adopted several a few years ago. It was wonderful to watch them get healthy and thrive. Dear creatures.

  13. Poor birds, thank you for being kind to them. Before I even read your title I saw the photo and immediately knew they were ex-battery birds.

  14. Your son is going to remember this process of bringing the chickens back to their full glory with you. An amazing side effect of this will be an incredible boost to his self esteem. And you are teaching him some very important lessons about being a parent in the future and how how to nurture.

  15. A battery farm closed down in my town when I was a kid, I remember my Mother bought about 50 of them for 10c each. ABout half of them died from shock after the first week, but the rest ended up being very happy and healthy hens minus a few patches of feathers that would never grow back <3

  16. Why aren’t battery cages illegal? It’s obviously animal cruelty, those hens look broken down and ready to die, and I’m sure they’re less than a few years old.

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