Sarah collected Eve in March 2019, along with Bette, Margo and Mildred, to join her remaining hen Hyacinth. The new girls were all skinny and tatty and Eve seemed very poorly. To make sure she was okay, Sarah decided to take Eve to the vets for a general check-up, she tells us “I was so worried about her and thought she wasn’t going to last very long”. There was nothing wrong with her physically, she was just very underweight and weak. Sarah made sure to keep an eye on her for the next couple of days.
Eve spent quite a few days with her head tucked under her wing and looked so sad. Sarah remembers “I tried not to bother her too much but kept a close eye on her to make sure she was eating and drinking something. I spoke to her gently and she gradually started perking up and even ventured into the garden for a bit of free-ranging time”. She was so pleased that Eve was beginning to get better.
Sarah tells us that Eve was completely bald on her body when she first came home. But was really surprised to see feathers beginning to grow within a few days. Sarah was shocked at how quickly they developed and within a few weeks she was a fully feathered little hen.
Sarah said, “In my 12 years of adopting ex-caged hens, I have never seen such a quick transformation!”
It was also wonderful to see Eve gaining confidence and she really trusting Sarah. “Eve really enjoyed scrambled egg, corn on the cob and spinach. She loved having dust baths and after she’d gained her confidence, quite often turfed out other hens if they were in the bath and she wanted to have one”.
Eve was a very sweet-natured and quiet hen, always gentle and didn’t mind Sarah cuddling her. She was a beautiful hen and her feathers were a pretty golden colour.
Sadly, Eve passed away after five months, as she had a sudden heart attack. And even though it was only for a short amount of time, she was able to see the sky and feel the sun on her wings. Sarah tells us “she lived a full and happy life, enjoyed free-ranging in my garden, sunbathing, digging up worms and finding bugs, eating fresh and healthy food and sleeping peacefully at night. They can break your heart sometimes but all the tears are worth it for the happiness you give them and they, you. I cannot imagine life without hens in it!”
And even though Eve is now gone, Sarah is more determined than ever to carry on supporting ex-caged hens. “They are all special and have their own little personalities. I don’t seem to be lucky enough to have lap hens but Eve was one of a few hens I’ve had that didn’t mind me picking her up and cuddling her as often as I could”.
When asking Sarah about what she learnt from Eve’s transformation, she told us of how some hens need more space and time than others to begin feeling at home. “All hens are different, like humans. Some are stronger in mind than others and you have to let them lead you as to how they want to be handled. If they don’t like being touched, only do it when you have to”.
Sarah also gives us a few tips for anyone who is thinking about becoming a new keeper. She says “Do your research first and foremost, read lots, talk to people who have hens already, and make sure you can provide them with a happy and secure home. Be prepared to constantly talk about your hens to anyone that will listen! But most of all, enjoy them and the happiness they bring you”.
Thank you, Sarah, for contributing to Transformation Tuesday and sharing Eve’s wonderful story. What a brave little hen!
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