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Battery Hens

Chicken Accommodation Sizes

The MINIMUM inside/overnight accommodation size is approximately 1˝ sq ft PER BIRD, therefore;

  • A 10 x 8 ft (80 sq.ft) shed will accommodate 50 chickens!!
  • A 8 x 6 ft (48 sq.ft) shed will accommodate 30 - 35 chickens
  • A 8 x 4 ft (32 sq.ft) shed will accommodate 20 - 25 chickens
  • A 7 x 5 ft (35 sq.ft) shed will accommodate 20 - 25 chickens
  • A 6 x 4 ft (24 sq.ft) shed will accommodate 12 - 15 chickens
  • A 4 x 2 ft (8 sq.ft) hen house will accommodate 4 - 6 chickens

MINIMUM HEIGHT permitted would be 2ft – with a Roosting Perch @ 1ft from the ground.


The MINIMUM outside accommodation size is approximately 2 sq ft PER BIRD.

If there is a garden or paddock that the chickens will have daily access to then that is great!

If the chickens are to be kept in a coop/arc then the measurements of the coop/arc will be calculated for how many hens this will be suitable for. i.e. a 4 x 2 ft coop/arc =8 sq ft which can accommodate 4 chickens.

PLEASE NOTE that these sizes are GUIDELINES and there will always be an element of flexibility providing good welfare standards can be maintained.  


Ex - Battery Hen Info

Thank you for considering adopting one of 20 million battery hens currently producing eggs in this country. The following is a guide of what to expect if you decide to take on some of our hens for their retirement.

Age - Your hens will be approximately one year old. This is the time they would ordinarily go for slaughter. At this age, they will have laid around 300 eggs. They will still readily lay, and as a general rule you will get an egg every other day per chicken, although some lay very regularly each day. You will see that egg quality HUGELY improves over time!

Health - They will look fairly threadbare for the first few weeks / months! However they will have almost complete feather re-growth in time. You will be able to see the resident ’re-feathered’ hens at the centre. Caged hens can very occasionally develop fractures of their wings / toes / legs when they get moved around, and despite every effort to ensure they are fit to be rehomed, your hen MAY require veterinary treatment soon after adoption. We can be dealing with large volumes of birds on rescue days, and sometimes a poorly bird could slip through the process, although this is very rare.

Your New Hens! - Your hens will be slightly shell-shocked (excuse the pun!) for a few days after adoption, they have spent all of their lives in tiny cages and when you take them home it will be the first time they have felt grass beneath their feet, and seen the sky. But DON’T WORRY – it is amazing how quickly their instincts return, and they will be scratching around and sunbathing with their wings stretched out before you know it!

Life Expectancy - There is no guarantee how long an ex-battery hen will live. Some may only live for a few weeks – however, if these weeks are spent in the fresh air being able to stretch their wings we feel they are luckier than a lot of battery hens. On average they will live for a further 2-3 years.

If you decide to proceed with adopting some of our hens, you will be given a ‘Caring for Battery Hens’ leaflet, which givens you more in-depth information. You can also visit the Battery Hen Welfare Trust website at

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