The last 24 hours

the last 24 hours

Hens don’t go on laying forever. They are born with a finite number of egg cells and once these are used up, that’s it! Productivity declines as the hens age and generally hen keepers manage this in two ways. Some people choose to replace their flock as they become less or unproductive. They either donate their hens to willing adopters or dispatch them. Other people see the hens as much loved pets and keep them until their final cluck which can be as long as 10-12 years! Personally I sympathise with both views as I’m 50% pragmatic, 50% sentimental!

Whatever your view, I’m sure we all agree that a severely injured or poorly hen should not be left in pain or to suffer. Assuming all treatment options have been exhausted, there are a number of options:

  • Dispatching the hen yourself (not for the faint hearted)
  • Getting the hen put down at the vets (expert but expensive)
  • Getting a friendly farmer to ‘help you out’ (if you get my meaning). Tricky if you don’t know any.
  • The gentle goodbye. It doesn’t feel appropriate go into detail of how this works here but needless to say it is very gentle and respectful, requires no skill and only very basic kit. If you feel this might be the right choice for you, please feel free to call any day (up until 10pm in an emergency) to have me talk you through it x

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