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A Gift from Daisy ~ by Edge-of-dreams

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I bought Penny and Daisy from a poultry farm for $3 each. At 18 months young, “layers” are slaughtered – usually sold to the pet food industry. What an horrific thought that these gorgeous girls, so full of life and personality would’ve ended up in a tin can! Most hens are confined to cages their entire lives, never feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs, nor the earth under their feet. My girls have been given a new lease on life. After a month, they are finally starting to lay eggs, their feathers have taken on a glossy sheen, they love to talk and always come running to me when I go outside. My back garden is no longer a lonely place. It is so full of life now. I’m totally smitten with my “girls”. This is my first egg from Daisy.

Taken with a Nikon D90, 105mm macro lens.

Eggs

  • 1 in 6 hens live with broken bones
  • Hens cannot spread wings
  • Male chicks ground up alive or gassed

Chickens are remarkably social and complex animals. They can recognise the individual faces of up to 100 other birds in their flock, develop intricate social hierarchies (or ‘pecking orders’), and are even known to be good problem solvers.

Yet the 14+ million hens who are forced to lay Australia’s ‘cage eggs’ will never feel the sun on their feathers, beat their wings, or experience the life that nature intended. Instead, each hen is imprisoned in a wire cage with up to four other birds. Her allocated ‘living’ space is smaller than one A4 sheet of paper — not even enough space to stretch her wings. The combination of lack of exercise and continual egg-laying, which depletes hens of calcium, leads to weakened bones. It is estimated that 1 in 6 battery hens live in their cages with untreated broken bones.

As chicks, egg-laying hens are commonly ‘debeaked’. This involves slicing off part of the bird’s sensitive beak with infra-red rays or a hot iron. The pain has been likened to having the tips of your fingers cut off — without pain relief.

‘Spent hens’, whose egg-laying has declined, are usually killed at about 18 months of age. In order to replace the millions of egg-laying hens who are slaughtered every year, millions more are hatched to replace them. However only half these newborn chicks have any economic value to the egg industry because males can’t lay eggs. As a result, every year over 12 million day-old male chicks are ‘disposed’ of by the egg industry either being gassed to death or ground up alive in a ‘macerator’.

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Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. ~Albert Einstein

Comments

  • michellerena
    michellerenaalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and story:)

  • Thank you so much Michelle!

    – Edge-of-dreams

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123almost 4 years ago

    that is a wonderful shot, so dreamy like, love the write up on the egg, thank you for rescuing the hens, now they can live there life out in the sunshine :)))

  • Thank you for the lovely comment. I hope to rescue lots more when I get a piece of land. Humans can make a choice when it comes to food and fortunately there are plenty of cruelty free choices out there. You’ll be healthier if you don’t eat meat in any case!

    – Edge-of-dreams

  • inkedsandra
    inkedsandraalmost 4 years ago

    wonderful;;;lucky hens

  • They are and thoroughly spoilt. Today they are eating something new- watermelon and pawpaw. They love it. Thanks so much Sandra.

    – Edge-of-dreams

  • bonso
    bonsoalmost 4 years ago

    I know exactly what you are talking about. I pay $2 for “battery” hens. They have no feathers, don’t know how to stand and look at grass as if it is something foreign. BUT< within a few days they are eating, talking to me, following me everywhere, and generally enjoying life. My dear girls usually don’t stop laying, they just get fatter, grow their feathers and generally get into mischief. I wish I could take them all, but can only take 20 at a time. Eggs are a great form of nutrition, it is a shame animals have to suffer to give humans nutrition.

  • Hello Bonso, thank you for your lovely comment. My hens are gorgeous. I hope to get more soon when I buy a piece of land. There are so many cruelty free food choices out there. Humans don’t have to eat meat in order to be healthy. The most intelligent people in history have all been vegetarian/vegans. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

    – Edge-of-dreams

  • Detlef Becher
    Detlef Becherover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Mia, and a touching story too! Live stock farming is okay, but never in small cages and without natural sunlight, that’ cruelty to animals!!!

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Mia and what a great pair of girls you have to keep you company outside.

  • thank you so much Karen, bit late with my replies. Sorry, but life got in the way :-)

    – Edge-of-dreams

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 3 years ago

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 3 years ago

  • Betty Smith_Voce
    Betty Smith_Voceover 3 years ago

    What a horrid truth about the human nature! Where is tender love and care for another species yet we demand it as our first right to life! I am thinking of adding some chickens into my back yard – they can add compost to my veggie patch and enjoy the benefit of a garden without poisons! A beautiful rescue to your 2 birds!

  • So sorry for the late reply. Things have been hectic. Did you get some chickens? They make great pets, are very sociable and no work at all really. Thanks for stopping by!

    – Edge-of-dreams

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