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Keeping hens has helped me, anyone else tried it?

cloudberry

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I've always wanted to keep hens, but lived for decades in a flat in a city so couldnt. Then in 2015 I moved to a rented house in the countryside and the owners agreed I could keep up to 12 hens and we decided to get some ex-battery hens via the British Hen Welfare Trust. Right from the start they helped me with depression, I think it is their optimism. When they arrive they look awful, have bald patches in their feathers and their combs are very pale. They have lived in sometimes appalling conditions.

Within no time at all they are doing natural behaviour, scratching the ground, foraging even though they have never seen grass or the sky before. Some are scared, but they recover. They really are an inspiration.
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You are wonderful and what you are doing with the chickens is wonderful. I have always wanted to have some hens so I could bond with the birds and have non fertile eggs. You are so lucky. :):cheer::loveshower:

The only reason I don't have chickens is my legs are a problem and I wouldn't want my bf to be stuck cleaning up after them. I use to have rabbits. They are great fun also.

Cloudberry, you make me want to get some hens. What a great photo of you all.
 
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I've always wanted to keep hens, but lived for decades in a flat in a city so couldnt. Then in 2015 I moved to a rented house in the countryside and the owners agreed I could keep up to 12 hens and we decided to get some ex-battery hens via the British Hen Welfare Trust. Right from the start they helped me with depression, I think it is their optimism. When they arrive they look awful, have bald patches in their feathers and their combs are very pale. They have lived in sometimes appalling conditions.

Within no time at all they are doing natural behaviour, scratching the ground, foraging even though they have never seen grass or the sky before. Some are scared, but they recover. They really are an inspiration.
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I love my chickens!!!!
 
midnightphoenix

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I don't have chickens but have cats. I can't have any pets other than cats here.

It's wonderful that you been able to get some chickens though :grouphug:
 
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I have five chickens, one cat and one dog and five children living at home and two moved out
 
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God bless you for saving your hens. Love love and more love. I have hens and a mean ass Rooster. I have scars to prove how zesty the male is. I even raised him for his first 6 weeks of life in my bedroom. I have a flock of 7. Had 20 but between hawks coyetes raccoons and my hunting dog and give away,s we are down to just enough.

I love the eggs. I know trauma can cause a hen not to lay eggs. Lots of hugs to you. I love my flock.
 
Urban Hermit

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Cool chickens... I thought about it once but someone told me it can be smelly and my yard isn't big ...x
 
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I love this post, Cloudberry! I'd love to keep chickens, but I get too many foxes in my garden - I worry that they would get too distressed. Really pleased that this has worked so well for you :)
 
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I have four hens currently, they really help me.
They are in an secure pen so foxs can't get in.
 
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Hi,
No not to noisy, I only keep hens as cockerels would annoy.
They make laying sounds and cluck from time to time.
Make lovely pets.
 
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Cool chickens... I thought about it once but someone told me it can be smelly and my yard isn't big ...x
I don't find it smelly, but they are a bit away from the house
 
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