While most farmers will consume their hens once they reach an age in which their feed consumption cost is higher than contribution of eggs laid, some families want their hen to have a home to retire to. Some life situations in which families search for a new home for their pet hens may include: family is moving, predator attacked most of the flock, and not having the space to introduce new
layers to the flock with the older hens remaining.
Our long term solution:
Create a new area on our 35 acres to accommodate hens that need homes. Hens will get to live out a retirement life on our farm until a family that doesn't have a high egg need wants to adopt as a pet. Older hens can also be a resource for families wanting to hatch eggs naturally with a broody hen or need a buddy for a lonely hen.
What we are doing now:
Finishing our rooster rescue “ Gentlemen’s Club”. Once we finish our rooster habitat, we will take lessons learn through the process and apply in our design of accepting hens.
Want to help?
If you have extra materials that you think would be useful in creating a retirement home for old hens, you may reach out to us to drop them off. If you want to volunteer your carpentry skills to build coops, it would be much appreciated support. Of course, your and your friend’s purchases and donations contribute to our financial wellness to invest in this project.