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    How about giving the various charities a ring and asking them about it - they might be able to advise you on condition etc.

    Other than that someone on here will know!
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    My four hens had bald patches, and very sad and grubby when I got them in Sept 2013, it has been a joy to give them a home and freedom and to see them growing feathers and turning into beautiful hens each with a different personality. We've only had two outbreaks of mites but I think that's par for the course anyway. Two died recently and I miss them a lot.

    This is a picture of Maggie when she first arrived...aww!

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    Just to add they are normally wormed and treated for mites etc before they are sold.
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    They normally look bedraggled and bald (oven ready) This is mainly because they are in molt and not because of the conditions they've been kept in. They soon feather up ok but depending on the time of year may need kept inside until there feathers grow.
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    I'm not very experienced with hens but mine have not looked remotely like that again, even when molting. Their feathers (what was left of them) were so dirty.

    Personally I do think it was the conditions when were kept in that caused them to look so bad.

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    Poor little blighters. Thank you for the pics. Very helpful.
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    New dates and places for BHWT ex bat hens
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    Looking at the BHWT dates there is one near me on a day that i can do. I've looked on their website however and they recommend that as i have 4 chooks currently, that i should have at least 6 ex-bats as they recommend introducing a greater number than the current flock?!?! That seems a bit extreme and is really more than i had wanted to take on. What are your views on that? I had preferably only wanted 2 or 3 more.

    We have a lot of land for them to free range in, but once integrated, only a 2.4m x 4.8m enclosed run when we're not at home. 10 in that space seems a bit much!

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    My father spent 50 years selectivly breeding rhode island reds.He taught me a lot, when in a poultry shed of layers he asked me to pick out the best. I chose the better looking ones with full feathers. He said the reason they look so good is because they have done bugger all for the last 12 months. The best layers lose condition because they have laid so many eggs. If we intended to carry them on for another season they were forced into molt and came back looking like point of lay pullets.So don't dismiss the ragged looking ones, they may be the best hens.
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