Battery hens teach lessons
They started life as egg factories, but nearly three months after arriving at O¯ pu¯ nake High School’s Chook Motel, Gigi, Tibbles and their ex-battery friends are thriving.
The school is doing a sustainability academy project rehabilitating battery hens, eight of which they adopted from a rescue centre in Mamaku, near Rotorua, in August.
‘‘I just think it’s amazing how much they’ve progressed really,’’ says student Brydee Hunt, 14, one of the leaders of the project. ‘‘I’m so glad we did it.’’
When the hens first arrived in August, they stayed in their hutch and run for about the first month until they got used to it, and now get their door opened each morning before being put to bed later in the day, but with their open-air run still available to them.
When people arrive, the hens all come out to welcome them, clucking all the way.
‘‘They’re so fluffy and inquisitive,’’ Hunt said. ‘‘I came over here one day during the holidays and they were all in here and when they saw us they came running out. They’re very happy.’’
The hens have made the kids more aware of what goes on behind the scenes in egg production, she said.
‘‘Since getting the hens and making them free range we only buy free-range eggs now and we support that. For us as a group, none of us knew what was happening. We didn’t really know much about the difference between caged hens and freerange hens.’’
They are still hoping to sell eggs but at the moment they don’t quite lay enough - getting on average two eggs a day. But they are looking at carrying on, says teacher Peter Clement - although the kids are very attached to their charges. World War 1: Mr R Hardley received advice that his son Private GR Hardley was reported wounded.
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