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Postby Cocobelle » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:39 am

I've looked back over some older posts so I know that some of you keep hens and I'm looking for some advice from you, please.

I have three hens (21 weeks old), and I ave converted the back half of my garage for them to live in. I have a small run at the side of the garage, but I'd like them to have more room to move around. My back garden is secure, so I could let them out there, but could they escape over the fence, which is about 5 ft. tall? I would stay with them to see how they get on.

What do you think?

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Re: Hens

Postby Allie » Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:39 pm

I have 5 hens, 3 ex battery hens and 2 bantams. The 3 ex batts would be unable to get over a 5ft fence but one of my bantams is an excellent jumper/flyer and could easily clear 6ft. I've tried wing clipping but it made no difference to mine so unfortunately she is run bound :-? . I think it depends on the breed, some breeds are flighty and more likely to be able to get over high fences etc.

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Re: Hens

Postby Cocobelle » Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:10 pm

Thanks Allie.

I did let them our for a couple of hours, and I stayed with them the whole time. I was pretty cold after that! Anyway, they were fine but they didn't actually wander much further than they would in the run! Also there was a huge cat hanging around and because my hens are so small, I was worried they might get eaten! So I think I'll keep them in the run from now on and maybe extend it.

I was watching videos of ex batts on YouTube last night. It was so heartbreaking! I'm thinking of getting some when my chicks are bigger. Is it something you would recommend?

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Re: Hens

Postby Allie » Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:12 pm

I'd definitely recommend the ex-batts. They are lovely ladies and surprisingly affectionate. Mine are also very good layers now that they've settled in. The only thing that I would say is be careful when integrating them as ex-batts can be very territorial over food due to the way they've lived so you will probably need to keep them separate but within sight of the others for a few days as the fights can be brutal.....


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Re: Hens

Postby Cocobelle » Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:35 pm

Thanks, I'll definitely look into it.

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Re: Hens

Postby Cyrillia » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:19 pm

How would you go about rescuing ex-battery hens?

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Re: Hens

Postby Allie » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:26 pm

Cyrillia wrote:How would you go about rescuing ex-battery hens?


Just google battery hen rescue and the area you live :D . There are lots of rescue groups.

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Re: Hens

Postby Velvetsteph » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:35 pm

What about using some netting over the garden like making it a giant enclosed run?

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Re: Hens

Postby Cocobelle » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:21 am

That's a great idea, thanks! I'll look into it.

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