Homes for Hens

Thanks to a UK-based nonprofit, laying hens can trade life on the farm for free-range retirement.

Homes for Hens
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Jodi Helmer  In 2015, while discussing weekend plans, Shelly Jagger learned that a coworker planned to slaughter the chickens on her poultry farm to make room for the next batch of young laying hens.  “I was naïve; I didn’t know that it happened,” she recalls. “The hens were just 18 months old and had a lot of life and love ahead of them.”  Jagger was determined to save them. Her coworker agreed to hold off on slaughtering the group of 300 hens for two weeks so Jagger could figure out a plan. She jumped into action, calling a local dog rescue in her hometown of Northwest Lancashire, England, that had been in the news for rescuing and rehoming hens from a truck that overturned on its way to the processor. To her surprise — and relief — the dog rescue agreed to help. All of the hens scheduled to
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  1. Love it! I raise heritage breeds and mixed bred chickens in West Virginia, USA and that’s a great idea. I’ve taken in chickens from others as well and rehomed several of my roosters. I’ve got crossed breeds that are 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years old who are still laying up yo 5 days a week. ISA Browns are quite friendly most of the time. I only had one but she could be a witch some days. I got her as a chick in 2017, sadly last year (2019) I found her dead of a prolapsed vent. She laid extra jumbo eggs, bigger than khaki Campbell duck eggs. Her name was ALLIE, she was one of my favorites and was 1 of my first 23 standard chickens. I had only bantam breeds for 2 years prior.

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