During my research of battery hens, I came across a very sweet and wonderful aspect of the laying hen story. I was very weighted down with the lives these poor little birds are forced to live, and then I came across the information that there are people out there who re-home hens that have reached the end of their commercial laying lives. (Usually around 18 months). At this point the hens are sent for slaughter, to be made
into pet food etc. Some very blessed hens however get their first chance at living a life of freedom, a life every chicken should be able to live from the very beginning. Now they can stretch their wings, feel the sun shining on them, have dust baths, and just run around in a clean and spacious environment. Thanks to caring and compassionate individuals, these little hens who have only been valued for their eggs, now have a chance to just be themselves. They are chickens that need help, and there are good people out there who want to help them.
Most of the hens have significant feather loss from their horrible living conditions, and so they are more likely to become chilled and sick. So, a wonderful idea has been thought of…chicken sweaters! 🙂 Many wonderful people have taken the time to knit or crochet pretty sweaters to keep these lovely hens warm while they grow their feathers back. I have been thinking I would like to do the same, and send them to organizations that deal with rescue hens. I crochet, so I know I could learn a pattern for a chicken sweater. So far, I have found far more about re-homing hens in the U.K., but I’m sure I can find something in Canada.
Here is a link to the website of a wonderful organization that is helping hens in the U.K. :
Here is a video showing one group in the U.K. who has helped these beautiful hens by giving them sweaters. The birds seem to really take to the sweaters, and I know they help a lot.
This video is from ArchantNorfolk’s YouTube Channel