Things have improved a little for Battery
hens over the years but it is still the case that millions of
chickens spend their lives in a cage too small for them to do
their natural chickeny things such as walking about and pecking
for grain, or to stretch, flap, dust bathe and roost. They are
usually given about 2 years before they are considered 'spent'
hens. It is at that point they are removed from their cages -
there are always more to take their places.
The 'spent' or ex-battery hens
are then usually sold on - as you might imagine the fate of a
lot of these hens is in some kind of cheap processed food, but
farmers are often open to letting them be re-homed. If you have
the facilities and the resources to re-home battery hens, you'll
find that the experience can be a very rewarding one, but it is
important to understand a few things about the birds that you
will be adopting and homing.
Photo By Andy Pike