These girls were rescued from a factory farm in California. Hens from the egg industry are considered spent when they are only two years old.
American egg factory farms cram more than 90 percent of the country's 280 million egg-laying hens into barren cages so small the birds can't even spread their wings.
Each bird has less space than a sheet of paper on which to spend her entire life. Virtually unable to move, they can't do many things that are important for their well being, like perch, nest, or dust bathe. Animals confined in such an extreme way endure constant suffering. And studies also show that not confining animals in cages may also improve food safety and sustainability.
Nine animal sanctuaries from Michigan to Maryland agreed to rescued 3000 of these hens from a factory farm that was going to have them gassed and sent to a landfill. If someone could transport them they would take them in. Thats when an anonymous donor wrote a check for 50,000.00 to have these birds transported on a private plane to sanctuaries around the country. These rescued hens represent .02 percent of the egg laying population in just California alone. Woodstock Farm Sanctuary was one of the facilities able to take 200 of these hens in. All 200 of these hens live in the pen that our boys Yuri and Jupiter lived in at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. Us taking the two roosters enabled them to take in 200 hens. That is what our sanctuary is all about. Helping the bigger sanctuaries make room to do more rescues. Here are some pictures of our new hens sunbathing and dust bathing. They look to be in a state of ecstasy. Unable to groom themselves the smell of these birds when they arrived was horrific. Within two weeks of being able to clean themselves in their dust bowls the smell had gone away. I cannot imagine what the smell is like in a factory farm where 54,000 chickens are kept. I think it would knock me down to me knees. Here are some pictures of the girls enjoying their dust baths.
This is a video about factory farmed meat chickens