Monday, October 4, 2010

Warm Chicken

It particularly touches my heart when people find it in their own hearts to care for the very least of us:  the animals.

Some of the animals most in need of help are the battery hens. The ones who have probably made your breakfast a time or two . . . or twenty.  

A battery hen is a hen that has been kept in a large egg-production factory farm all her life.  Their quarters are so tight and the conditions are so poor for these poor dears, they are often deprived of darkness (and therefore valuable rest) and even room to move.  And once these hens fail to produce eggs at their maximum rate, they are typically destroyed.  Quite a sad little life. 

The good news is, there are incredible human beings out there who rescue and rehome these hens.

Little Hen Rescue in the U.K. is one such collection of awesome human beings.

They take these hens from the battery farms and organize to find new, happy homes for them.

If you have it in your heart, you might consider adopting a few ex-battery hens.  How rewarding it must be to watch them roam free in the sunshine for the very first time. 

Perhaps you would like to help in another way, .  The way I have chosen to help in the past is to knit up some little hen jumpers.  That's right, chicken sweaters!  It's not as silly as it sounds.  Most ex-battery hens suffer from some degree of featherlessness.  When they are removed from their tight conditions, they are bald and cold -- having become accustomed to sharing the body heat of their neighboring hens.  While they regrow their feathers, they are helped by wearing a little sweater to help keep warm and secure.

Now how cute is that . . . 

If you're interested, you can find patterns for knitters and seamstresses here.  Just whip one up and send it to the address they have listed on their page.  I bet you can't make just one!

Decency and good deeds abound . . . if you only look for them.



bad penny said...

Poor little featherless things - the jackets must warm them so much. I have a great deal of time for people who rescue these poor scraps & give them a home.

There was a lovely programme here recently all about chickens & showed ex battery hens literally learning how to walk and be a chicken. It was comical but sad too.

Gail said...

I've never ever heard of jumpers for hens!!

The whole battery hen thing is so awful - if there is one part of the budget I try to not cave in to it's only buying free range eggs and chicken when poss!
The same too now with pork. There has been some awful revealing media about pigs raised in revolting conditions - free range all the way!

Love that there are people on a mission for the chooks!

Becky K. said...

Awww...I didn't know these hens got adopted. Nor did I know that they got to wear jumpers. Our hens are very happy....they love coming and going in their hen house. They are quite social. I didn't know until we had our own how much they like to interact with humans.

Becky K.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Thanks for the wonderful post. I never knew. Glad I do now.

shootingstar said... adorable....
Love the people who really care for them.. :)

Star was here !

My Grama's Soul said...

I love this idea.....and I must say....that purple sweater is quite fetching on that little chick!! (O:



Auntie Bliss said...

How cute they are!!! I didn't realize a chicken would keep their clothes on! I'll have to show my boy who tends our chickens :)

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