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rehome ex battery hens - collection point in s-o-t

view counter    they make great pets -  help give an exbattery hen a home. they are  having  a collection point  in Stoke-on-Trent  so  even better.



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Rehoming Day

Your hens will experience a very stressful day, they will be confused and frightened when they reach you.  

They are taken out of a familiar environment in the early morning, checked, loaded into poultry crates, and driven to the collection point several hours away.  Here they are transferred into the holding pens, they will have a short break, be given food, and water, then caught again and transferred into your transport boxes to take them home.


Once your hens are home

When you get them home they will need a good rest, food and water and a peaceful and calm environment so that they are able to recover and settle in to their new life.   If you put your hens into their hen house/coop,  leave the pop hole door open that leads in to their run, and they will make their own way out when they are ready.

Your hens may not know where to go when it starts getting dark, so you may need to guide them in to the coop for a few evenings. They may also prefer to sleep in the nest boxes, this is ok, and eventually, they should learn to perch.

Give it a couple of days before free ranging your hens, and supervise them to ensure they are safe and do not escape in to a neighbouring garden, or up a tree, it is instinct for hens to roost up high.



All commercial hens will have been fed on Layers Mash – they may not recognise Layers Pellets as food, if you do not have Layers Mash, an alternative is to put some pellets into a carrier bag and use a rolling pin, or heavy stone to crush them to a coarse powder resembling Mash.

If you can provide them with purpose made Layers Mash, this will be better as they will recognise it instantly.

Mash is their main and staple feed and should be available at all times – they will get all the nourishment they need from this complete food.  You can give a scattering of mixed corn in the afternoon if you’d like, but it’s not necessary and will count as a treat.  Hens are like children and will prefer to fill up on treats if offered and end up not getting the vital nourishment they need – especially now when they have been very stressed and need the correct nourishment to develop new feathers. Giving too many treats can affect the eggs, but you should not feel that you cannot give them treats, just allow the hens to get their Layers feed and treats can be offered in the afternoon.

Clean fresh water should be available to your hens at all times.


N.B. Since 2001 it has been illegal to feed kitchen scraps to chickens. Only green veg grown in the garden can be safely fed provided it has not been prepared in the domestic kitchen. It is entirely up to you, if you wish to feed kitchen scraps to your hens.


Treating worms and crawling parasites

Commercial hens, just like any other, will be prone to lice and internal worms. If these hens have lice, it does not necessarily mean the establishment has not cared for the hens. Lice are a natural parasite and can infest flocks of hens, small or large. Some commercial hens have no traces of lice at all, but we want you to be aware and treat your hens as soon as you get them home as a precaution. There is a range of Louse Powders on the market, they can be purchased online or from animal feed wholesalers and some pet stores.

Red Mites are another crawling parasite, these do not live on the hens, but in the cracks and crevices of the house and come out at night to feed. You will need Red Mite Powder and use it in the house and nesting area.

Worming your hens is quite simple with Flubenvet Wormer, they will need to be wormed once every six months with this product, and you can still eat their eggs during treatment time. Verm-X is a herbal formulation which can be used as a preventative in between worming, and you would use this monthly.


Oyster Shell/Hen Grit

This can be bought from any animal feed wholesaler and some pet stores. You can either mix it in their feed, scatter it on the floor of their run, or have a Grit Hopper/dish for it. They need this to be able to grind up the feed in their crop. If you free range your hens in your garden, they will find their own grit when they forage, but it will not hurt to have the extra.



In the nest area, you can use Dust Free Wood Shavings, or Straw, please avoid Hay as it tends to be moist and can harbour mould spores which may make your hens unwell.


If your hens become unwell

As with any sick pet, your hens should be seen by a vet. Not all vet practices will have treated hens and may only have basic knowledge, so it might be a good idea to search for an avian vet so that it saves you time. Hens are the masters of disguise and will not show signs of being unwell until their problem has got to an advanced stage. Sometimes, it can be too late to give appropriate treatment. We advise that you familiarise yourself with each hen and how she feels and handle them regularly so that you notice any changes in weight/behaviour.


Fresh Start For Hens has a No Cull policy unless advised by a veterinarian. We also do not approve of selling the hens on, you are their final forever home, and provided you can continue to care for them, they should remain in your care until they come to their natural end. Should you find that your situation changes and you can no longer keep your hens, Fresh start For Hens will always help you to find another home for them, without question..


If you have any questions about any aspect of hen keeping or hen care, please feel free to email your co-ordinator or use the Contact us form on the website. We are always here to help you should you need it. Thank you and enjoy your new hens.


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