This is my husband Kevin with one of his Houdan hens. She does not reliably come in out of the rain, so her head floof has gone from Twisted Sister to The Cure. (He named them all after rock stars, but I can’t tell them apart.)
This is Lachesis. She is molting. Molting is hard. (Lachesis was one of three bantam Cochin hens named, collectively, the Fates. Clotho loves the rooster, Lachesis is the one who goes broody and raises chicks, and Atropos got eaten by a predator, the irony of which does not escape me.)
Looks like Second Hen'd was able to save another 200 ex battery Leghorns this December.
Im unsure if they have enough adoptors but if you in or around Missouri you can contact them if your interested in giving an ex battery Leghorn the gift of a forever home this December here is what they have on their page. They also accept donations which help with getting these girls forever homes and medical care.
"To re-home some ladies, submit a contact form via our website (https://second-hend.wixsite.com/second-hend/contact) -OR- send an e-mail to [email protected] with the information below (no private messages/texts/post replies). NOTE: We are unable to ship or transport birds, so adopters are responsible for making pick-up arrangements in ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI.
1.) Full name
3.) How many hens you’d like to adopt*
4.) A good contact number where you can be reached
*If you specifically wish to take on special-needs birds or are OK with the idea, also note that in your e-mail/contact form. We have no foresight into how extreme potential issues could be since it varies each time, just know we never set anyone up for failure."
I do not agree with all of their views but we share the same love of Leghorns and Second Hen'd is one of the only organizations saving battery hens in the US. They really love their hens and that is what matters to me. If you are interested in a potential house chicken they can help pair you with a hen who would be forever greatful for it.
This is a gentle reminder to those who keep poultry to PLEASE keep in mind wild snakes if you are using fake eggs in your chicken coop. Snakes are incapable of digesting the wooden/plastic/ceramic fake eggs that are commonly placed in chicken coops to train hens. Snakes (like this little ratsnake here) can and often do eat these fake eggs and suffer life-threatening obstruction as a result!
If you need to use fake eggs in your coop please strive to ensure that the enclosure is snake-proof (difficult) or superglue 3 or more eggs together so that snakes cannot consume them and become obstructed.