“CAN you make sure these chickens do not fall foul of the slaughterhouse and give them a new home?”
Yep, yet another pile of misinformation with cracking quotes like “Legally hens cannot be kept on farms for longer than 78 weeks because the quality of the eggs fall and the shells become thinner” and yet rehoming the hen is legal and in it’s also legal to sell the eggs they produce “off gate” to any old Tom, Dick or Harry.
Can someone please show me the law that states a commercial laying hen is illegal and must be slaughtered at 78 weeks of age?
So what’s the truth?
One truth is that the consistency and quality of the eggs being produced will be reduced result in an impact on the profit so the industry regards the hens as ‘spent’ (read, not economically viable)
Another truth is that at 78 weeks of age the hens will be heading into their first full moult. During this period they will not lay and consequently they will cost money to feed whilst delivering no product. That’ll be not economically viable again then I guess.
And then there is the one massive elephant in the room… the very industry tugging your heart strings to rescue the hens from slaughter is the very same industry that consigns them to that fate from day one by the structure of its supply chain.
Oh, but let’s not forget the little bit of maths
9,000 ‘spent hens’ will at best attract 50p per bird when sent for slaughter so according to my maths that will bring in £4,500
If however 9,000 get rehomed at £3 a bird then that brings in £27,000. A tidy profit indeed.
I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about whether the story exhibits compassion and mercy or contradiction and money.