General health & temperament

A few points to note about hen health when re-homing from BHWT:

  1. We never knowingly re-home a poorly hen.
  2. It is a common misconception that ex-bats are unhealthy.
  3. They will all have received the full gambit of vaccinations at chick stage.
  4. The vast majority of hens are healthy and laying well.

The hens sometimes have few feathers, but most people are surprised that the majority of birds don’t look too bad. If you adopt feather-bare hens, you’ll be amazed at how quickly they blossom. They usually start to re-feather within a few weeks and look amazing within a couple of months!  The combs on top of the hens’ heads are usually large, pale and flaccid because they act as heat dissipaters in the warm cage environment. The combs will slowly shrink and become vibrant red once they are free ranging.

It is not uncommon for some hens to suffer bruising for a few days after collection. However, in our experience, with a little rest, bruised hens make a full recovery. Should you experience this when you get your girls back home, feel free to call our Advice Line on 01884 860084 so we can advise how to help your hen whilst she gets stronger.

These hybrid hens are bred for docility and you will find they are gentle, endearing, inquisitive and VERY friendly, eating out of your hand and following you around the garden (and into the house if you let them!), in only a few days. Whilst we cannot guarantee the lifespan of any hen and occasionally one may die soon after adoption (although initially appearing well), the vast majority will live between one and three years, with many going onto a ripe old age!

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