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    I'm thinking former battery hens too. For one thing the conditions I could give them would have to be better than they had before, and secondly it would allow me to have a try at keeping hens to see how it went without spending a lot - its mainly just my time to make the coop that is in short supply at the moment.
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    I believe you can buy an automatic door open/close mechanism for a coop.

    I live in a very rural area, but I'm going to go for a movable coop/run set-up all built together on an A-frame design, as I want to keep moving it around under my fruit trees. (Plenty of photos of what others use on the Web to get inspirations from)
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    I share the concerns about the quality of life of commercial free range hens. There are a few videos available and these hens are NOT happily scratching around in a farmyard.
    I am hoping I could get to grips with redmite prevention. Iíve a lot of experience of debugging my own children in their primary school years.
    I do have a bit of an allergy to some types of insect bites and am hoping sensible protective clothing and a prevention regime would keep me bite free.
    Iíll be easy to spot- Iím the one in the space suit.
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    Battery Hens are Hybrid Hens that have just came to the end of their most productive laying. They are the Isa Brown / Black Tail hens of this world (RIR / Light Sussex breeding. Fully Vaccinated etc. They have over half their egg laying life ahead of them once they have fully recovered and feathered back up.

    One advantage for many is that because they are slightly less productive, (a few ex Batt hens will produce less eggs than the same number of POL hybrid pullets) you can have more hens to keep each other company.

    Keep on top of the lice and you'll have a problem (scratch) free life

    Don't get less than 3
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    Re Point of Lay (POL) hens or ex commercial. I've done both. With POL you have an extra year of eggs from the hens than with the rehomed ones. 2 of my 3 are rescues but they didn't look much different to the POLs. They've laid most days this year - one is having a rest as is the original one who was bought as POL. They're all incredibly friendly and get on well with the dogs.
    I'll have rescues again.
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    I have a contact in donaghcloney who will sell you very good point of lay wee brown hens for £5 each if you need one.

    What is essential for kerping hens of course is a bird swing... Advice for new chicken coop-20180224_100005-756x1008.jpg
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    I really like your set up there Bacchus. It pretty well exactly what I had in mind. And the pavement slabs presumably to stop fox digging in.
    Simple brown hens are all I want. Maybe some day go for something more of specific breed. And that’s not as expensive as I was thinking. I went to a few local poultry fairs and they were more than that.
    I like the run. Is that something you made yourself and if not where could I get something similar? We were pacing out the area for a potential run today and are thinking of similar size.
    I like the hen swing. Do they really use that?
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    My wife bought the swing as a bit of a laugh only yesterday. I've heard the hens discussing it but no takers as yet.

    The large cage came from ebay. Its was about £230 delivered or so... i think... which is really good value.

    Edit... Apparently the hens were £6.50 each. Ive just been reminded...

    And yes the blocks are to stop foxes or rats.
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