Hens Rescued since November 2011
Nut House Hen Rescue & Re-homing
would not exist if it were not for the help and support of its friends,
They have been an inspiration to me and
Nut House Hen Rescue & Re-homing would never have started without them.
I thank each and every one of you and dedicate this site to you and your "Girls"
Nut House Hen Rescue & Re-Homing's aim
Our aim is to rescue as many battery hens as we can from culling and to give them quality life with caring new owners who will undertake to give the hens access to outside areas, fresh water and feed, veterinary treatment (when required), a warm coop to sleep in and allow them a dignified "retirement".
My Hennie Background
It took me five years to persuade my other half that we should get some hens. for a long time I had dreamed of the perfect garden with 4 hens pottering and chuckling about. In April 2011, my beautiful collie, Saffi, was nearing the end of her life, each day had become a struggle for her and I could see the will for life leaving her. The time for compassion was near. It was at this time my other half, Sam, bought me my first chicken coop and we agreed to get 4 hens. I think he did this to take my mind off what was coming with Saffi. We picked 2 Sussex and 2 fenton Blues. My Life was complete! I had 4 hens!
So. As it goes when you first get hens, you don't have 4 for long and within a month I was up to hen no 24!
It was around this time I needed the advice of a "Hen Vet", believe me its not easy finding one, they are like hens teeth (excuse the pun) and I was pointed in the direction of a young vet who specialised in exotic pets.... and hens. I followed him round all the practices he moved to and his advice has been invaluable.
It was Mike (the vet) that introduced me to ex-battery hens and I acquired my first 5 from him; Prudence, Penelope, Yasmin, Winnie and MaryJo.
That was it, I was addicted. Ex-battery hens are the most lovable, affectionate, talkative, comical and ingenious of all hens!
Soon after getting my first ex-battery hens I was worried about them. It was a warm day in May 2011 and the sun was splitting the trees. Three of my batties were lying on the ground on one side and seemed comatose. I had never seen this before so I hit the trusty internet and discovered thepoultrysite.com and the discussion forum on poultry health and welfare. I posted a thread "lying on side"
Immediately I had responses telling me not to worry, they are probably sunbathing!....... Now why hadn't I thought of that? If you have never seen a hen sunbathe or dirt bath, the first time you see it can be alarming.
Since May 2011, my friends on thepoultrysite.com have been an invaluable resource to me through times of chicken illness and also at times when I lost a beloved hen. They understood, its not "just a hen" its your confidante, your friend and spirit mate.
Sadly in October 2011 MaryJo died in my arms. She had egg yolk peritonitis and unfortunately the poison travelled through her system and one Sunday morning as I held her in my arms she passed away. I Cried. We buried her in my pet graveyard under the willow tree at the back of the hen garden.
This sad event made me decide to get some more batties, but where in Northern Ireland do you get them? There are no dedicated charities rescuing them.
I decided to try myself and contact some battery farms.
The first farm I phoned, after some suspicion as to what my motives were, informed me that they were "de-populating" in 10 days time and I could come and collect some hens before then. I told the gentleman that I would probably take 6 or 8 and would contact him to confirm the day before I was going. Then a thought occurred to me. If he lets me have the hens, why cant I bring some out for other people?
I didn't have the room to keep them here but if anyone said they would take some on the day, I could bring them out. I phoned everyone I knew and on the day I was going to get the hens the final count was 34.
That night after I got home and all hens safely delivered I received phone calls asking for hens. I could have saved another 70 hens. If only they had contacted me sooner.
In my mixed emotions of happiness for the 34 I had saved and despair for the 70 I could have saved Nut House Hen Rescue & Re-homing was born
Nut House Hen Rescue & Re-homing is the trading name for
Northern Ireland Battery Hen Rescue, Company Number NI611869 & Registered in Northern Ireland.
Registered address is The Nut House, 16 Nut Hill Road, Moira, BT67 0PH.
Northern Ireland Battery Hen Rescue is a non profit organisation registered as a charity with HMRC, registration number XT34198