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wayland



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:56 pm    Post subject: Ex Batts wanted.  Reply with quote

An old lady we know is looking for some ex bat hens to replenish he flock. She suddenly lost a number of hens and has customers for her eggs. She thinks that ex bats would be producing large eggs quicker than other methods. Her system is completely free range. Do any of you lads, know where we may get some?
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drowned_pig



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Little hill animal rescue do a "rescue run" every few months - they just did one in May so not sure when the next one is due but it may be worth checking out their website http://littlehillanimalrescue.ie
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wayland



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Drowned Pig. Thanks for the contact. I will check them out.

Cheers.
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very worthwhile thing to do. People who keep hens in batteries are, in my opinion,  a disgrace.  There are other ways to make a living.
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Patcon



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see Drowned Pig (is there a story behind that name!?) suggested little hill farm-they advertise often on facebook , but I'm guessing they have links to other rescue places also.Have to agree with Sean-surely theres no need for battery hens to be kept anymore.
Cant believe everyone with a garden does not have one or two hens by now-easy to keep and fresh eggs-great for kids too.
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wayland



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are having difficulty with EU regs in regard to ex-bats. It appears that the commercial farms can only supply to those with flock numbers.
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Patcon



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Technically thats true, but for a handful of hens I believe farms are willing to let ex bats go to the general public.
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blowin



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patcon wrote:
......Cant believe everyone with a garden does not have one or two hens by now-....

Sadly the answer where I live is fox, mink and martens. Dogs, fencing and traps were no match for them. Geese, chickens, ducks and guinea fowl all fell prey . Something even ate the eggs.
The last positive i/d of an egg-sucker was a pine marten.
The last positive i/d of a duck-killer was a mad badger. Seriously, it was a badger in broad daylight and it was mad enough to attack the fence post I was using to separate it from the duck it had by the neck.
Having kept and lost fowl for many years we gave what remained of the flock to a friend . I believe they are still doing well there but it sure seems quiet around here.
I would certainly recommend keeping a few hens to anyone who can provide them with a more secure environment than mine.  
ATB
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wayland



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patcon wrote:
Technically thats true, but for a handful of hens I believe farms are willing to let ex bats go to the general public.


Hi Patcon. This may well be true, but the old lady Who needs them wants 50 The rescue people quoted are doing a sterling job I am sure, but they charge 5 euro`s a bird. This is fine for a few pets but the old lady herself is free range commercial. When I asked her about her flock number she replied. " I am 95 and have been keeping fowl on this farm all my life, and I dont want no f*****g inspector snooping around" Bless her . So we are at a bit of an impasse. The idea for the ex-bats was to get large eggs quickly to replenish sudden losses. She may well now have to get POL`s from her normal source and deal with small eggs for a while.  Many thanks for the advice.
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drowned_pig



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patcon wrote:
I see Drowned Pig (is there a story behind that name!?).
 a very boring one Patcon, we looked at two properties when deciding to buy ...one was extremely rocky, the other surrounded by flood plains (guess which one we bought   ) we just joked the poor pigs would starve in one field and drown in the other!
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Patcon



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol-thanks DP!

Quote:''I am 95 and have been keeping fowl on this farm all my life, and I dont want no f*****g inspector snooping around"

Shes dead right
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same as that.  I've been keeping fowl all my life and refuse to get a flock number.  And the first fellow who comes looking for one will go quick with a set of canine teeth in his arse and a well-aimed egg on his poll to speed him on his way!

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