An adoption event for hens was held last weekend and eighty hens found new homes.Egg buyers may not realize the usual outcome for egg-laying hens is death by gas when they’re 12-18 months old. Even though they have many years of life ahead of them, once their egg production slows down they become less profitable, so they’re killed and replaced with new hens. In the past six years, Animal Place, a Grass Valley animal sanctuary, has rescued about 20,000 hens and placed them in adoptive homes throughout California. You can go to:https://youtu.be/E-IaiwPfmyQ to see a short video of some hens experiencing freedom for the first time after being brought to the sanctuary.
For more on the rescue/adoption program visit http://www.henrescuers.org
In Photo – Animal Place’s Kelcie Leach with Rafael Perea and Carolyn Merino Mullin of The Animal Museum at a recent hen adoption event