One thing in this world that I particularly hate is factory farming of any kind. Here in Ireland both chickens and pigs are kept in battery farming conditions, indoors and often without proper light. They have almost zero space and can't even move around. And the saddest thing is that many people who live here don't even realise what goes on to produce the majority of chicken, ham, bacon and pork that they eat.
Littlehill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary annually rescue approximately 7,000 to 8,000 battery hens which are about to be slaughtered. They then distribute them across Ireland to willing new owners like you and I. Their next rescue is due to take place in about 3 months time, so you have plenty of time to prepare, or even build/buy that new coop for them to live in !
|This is how battery farmed chickens live until they are 18 months old, 6 to 8 in a cage|
The chickens are kept indoors, 6 to 8 in a cage, jammed in with no room to move. They can't even stretch their wings out, ever. At 18 months old they are slaughtered, because their 'optimum' laying period is over. However, they will in fact lay eggs for many years to come after that, so in rescuing them you also give yourself free range happy eggs to eat.
I will be taking at least 6, hopefully more. Can you take a few maybe ?
|A Littlehill rescue hen at time of rescue|
|The same hen as above a while later after rescue !|
They fork out a massive amount of money to organise the rescue of these little, bare bodied, hens, and so charge €5 for each hen anyone takes. This purely covers their expenses.
You can collect as many hens as you want from various drop off points across Ireland, which are notified ahead of time on the Littlehill web site.
When the hens are rescued, they have very few feathers, are weak and not used to wind, rain or cold temperatures. So they need a safe and snug coop and run, with indoor daytime space if they need it.
Littlehill Animal Rescue also have a Facebook page HERE
NB: All photos are courtesy of Littlehill Animal Rescue & Sanctuary - many thanks