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When Two Tribes Go To War: Integrating New Hens Into Your Established Flock

By Jo Barlow | August 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm | No comments

Photo of new chicken, Clara, by Jo Barlow As any owner of ex-batts will tell you, you can never have enough ex-batt hens. These quirky girls are completely addictive and your first flock will no doubt quickly double or treble in size with your new additions. Eighteen...

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Climb Every Mountain: How Helping Battery Hens Can Be An Uphill Struggle

Climb Every Mountain: How Helping Battery Hens Can Be An Uphill Struggle

By Jo Barlow | August 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm | 2 comments

Photo of Beaky by Emma Osborne According to recent media reports, Britain has gone from a nation of shopkeepers to a nation of chicken keepers. Some 700,000 of us Brits are apparently enjoying the delights of keeping hens. The British Hen Welfare Trust has had a hectic media...

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Breaking News: Chickens Have Feelings Too

Breaking News: Chickens Have Feelings Too

By Jo Barlow | July 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm | 6 comments

Battery farming has a terrible effect on chickens. Photo of Charlotte on Rescue Day by Amy Chamberlain. A recent study by the University of Bristol’s Animal Welfare and Behavior Research Group has found that mother hens show signs of “clear physiological and behavioral...

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Sunshine for the Soul – One Year of Ex-Battery Bliss

By Jo Barlow | July 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm | No comments

Photo by Jo Barlow We have recently reached a very important milestone down here in Cornwall. Our chicken, Audrey, celebrated her first free-range year out of the battery cage. This is a massive achievement for her, and for us. This time last year I had never even held a...

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Live Animal Exports – A Trade in Misery

By Jo Barlow | June 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm | No comments

Photo by Photojournalis Alton Stupp via flickr The recent events in Indonesia where animal welfare group, Animals Australia, filmed footage of Australian cows being brutally treated by abattoir workers, has caused such an outcry in Australia that the government has suspended...

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One Little Egg: A Fundraising Program to Help Save Ex-Battery Chickens

By Jo Barlow | May 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm | One comment

Photo of Sophie Mccoy When I enthuse about the merits of ex-batts, their quirky natures, their sustainability and their sheer gorgeousness, many of you reply with the same comment. That much as you would like to have ex-batts, but you are not able to have chickens in your...

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What’s in My Nest Box?

By Jo Barlow | May 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | 4 comments

The free-range girls with their coop and nest box. Photo by Jo Barlow. When our little chicken, Audrey, was entombed in her battery cage she was subjected to 18 hours artificial daylight to encourage her to lay an egg every day. This unnatural level of production made her...

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As If Canadian Seal Slaughter Wasn’t Enough, Scottish Seal Slaughter is on the Rise

By Jo Barlow | April 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm | 4 comments

Canadian seal slaughter protest. Photo by alezarg via flickr The Canadian seal cull is a completely abhorrent practice, more suited to a video nasty than a legal activity. It can surely only be greed that motivates these ‘men’ to butcher and murder these babies. However,...

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I Believe I Can Fly

By Jo Barlow | April 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm | 2 comments

Photo of Agatha. By Jo Barlow. There comes a time, even in an ex-battery hen’s life, when her wings may need to be clipped. Wing clipping is a quick and painless process of literally clipping the primary flight feathers of one wing rendering the chicken unbalanced -- and...

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The Grand National Horse Race: Britain’s National Disgrace

By Jo Barlow | April 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm | One comment

Photo by Paolo Camera via flickr Here in Britain, as a nation of animal lovers, we sit in our ivory towers and tutt indignantly at the animal rights record of other countries. We righteously recoil in horror at the Canadian annual seal cull. How can they murder such beautiful...

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