Battery Hen Rescue
Hello there, I'm Catherine and my husband David and I run a small organisation called NSW Hen Rescue. We rescue 'spent hens' that are scheduled for slaughter.
These poor girls have spent their lives in tiny cages unable to feel the sun on their feathers, scratch the dirt or stretch their wings. At 18 months they are usually ripped out of their cage and sent to slaughter. By talking to the farmers we have been able to establish relationships where we can step in and rescue as many hens as we can before the slaughter truck arrives. After veterinary treatment, love and care the hens are rehomed to loving forever homes and at that point we go back and rescue some more.
We only have our suburban garden in which to foster the hens at the moment so we can only rescue and rehome on a small scale, but we know that every hen is an individual who values her life and every single life is worth saving.
By contributing to our campaign you can directly influence how many hens we can afford to rescue and rehome. $25 allows us to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome 1 factory farmed hen, so if we reach our goal of $1000 that is 40 hens rescued from slaughter.
What We Need
We have worked out that it costs about $25 to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome 1 hen. Here are some of the costs that the $1000 will help us cover:
- Bales of straw for bedding (a new experience for the hens) - $18/bale
- Bags of layers mash (the food they are used to) - $25
- Payment to the farmer for hens (all farms are different, but this is usually a couple of dollars per hen) - Average of $3/hen
- Clavolux antibiotics (5 day course) - $14
- Prazole worming tablets - $16.50/100 tablets
- Sulfa AVS for respiratory infections and coccidiosis - $48/100g
- Triple X treats and prevents mycoplasma and chlamydophila $49/100g
- Vitamins - $25/bottle
- Lice spray - $23.25/ bottle
- We usually have at least one expensive vet bill per rescue of 20 hens. This can be between $100-500.
It works out that the average cost to rescue one hen and get her healthy and ready for rehoming is $25.
If we do not reach our $1000 goal we will use the money we raise to rescue as many hens as the money allows.
What You Get
If you donate $25 this will allow us to rescue and care for 1 ex-battery hen.
We will take a photo of the rescued girl whilst holding a hand written sign which reads: "Thank you..."Your name"" We will post this photo to you along with a thank you card. You will also be able to name the rescued hen if you wish.
So far hen rescue has rescued and rehomed 489 hens. We know this is only a drop in the ocean, but our aim is to eventually buy land so that we can rescue a whole shed of hens at a time. With you help we could rescue more hens and give them a chance to express their natural hen behaviour for the very first time.
Other Ways You Can Help
Even the tiniest donation is appreciated, but if you can't contribute financially perhaps you can help in another way:
- Share this campaign on Facebook or on your website
- Apply to adopt hens by filling in an application form at: http://henrescue.org
Thank you so much for checking out our campaign.
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