Meet Margot

I have been adopting rescue hens for the past 9 years or so. The way it works is that when the hens reach a point when they are no longer laying daily, they are “disposed of” – turned into pet food. The charity I adopt my hens from buys the hens, paying the farmer more than he or she would get if they were sold to be processed and then people like me adopt them in return for a small donation. The charity carries out mass rescues, usually 250 or more hens at a time.

The hens have been kept in caged conditions. They have never seen daylight. They have very long claws because they haven’t been able to scratch around and they are very featherbare – some look almost as if they have been plucked ready for roasting. They don’t know how to be hens.

They continue to lay eggs – just not necessarily every day.

This weekend I adopted three new ladies to join my existing two. They are settling in well and disagreements between the newbies and the older girls haven’t been too fierce. They will battle for a few days until a new pecking order is established. Then peace will reign again.

My lady is called Margot. She looks a bit dishevelled. She has been through a tough time but things are going to get better for her. She knows what it feels like to sit in the sun. She’s experienced rain for the first time as well as night and day. She is also quite feisty. She can hold her own.

Margot is my protege. I am going to nurture her back to fine fettle. As I do so I am going to try and focus on self care. I was good at this when I first stopped drinking although at the time I felt it was more a case of selfishness than self care. More recently it’s fallen by the wayside. Both Margot and I deserve some TLC.

10 thoughts on “Meet Margot

    1. Hi Wendy. I’ll take a look – chicken keeping is very addictive (in a good way!)

      Sober Hugs to you. Tori xxx

  1. Hi Tori,

    I just love your posts, not only are they honest but so insightful and deliciously frank which I relate to so much of my journey in maintaining and restoring my sobriety.

    A big heartfelt thank thank you for all your efforts in highlighting your struggles but also your accounts in challenging and facing up to the obstacles that never seem to leave us, but with time, progress and sometimes sheer determination become so much more manageable allowing us periods of bliss free sobriety and happiness.

    Much love


    1. Thank you so much Amanda for taking the time to make such a lovely comment. I hope I am making a difference. If my musings help one other person that’s enough.

      Muck Love Tori xxx

  2. Margot is adorable! She looks like she’s molting. Good for you for rescuing chickens. I get a lot of rescue animals here on the farm and I’m also so happy to provide a beautiful place for them to live. Can’t wait to read more on your blog!

    1. Hi Susan. She’s not moulting – she has had her feathers worn away because she has been kept in a cage. She has the most feathers of my three new ladies – two of them are really bald ! It’s horrible. I’m sure I will soon get them in tip top condition x

  3. Tori,

    How funny – we took receipt of 4 rescue hens on Sunday. I love them – they have far more personality than I anticipated (never having looked after hens before). Making them healthy and happy is such a nice feeling. Mine are pretty bald too. We need the weather to warm a bit for them.

    xx Claire

  4. I LOVE that you do this! I’ve heard people talk about rescue hens, but I had no idea what they were talking about. Thank you, Tori! Your post makes me feel good about the world today. xoxo!

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