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Update: Rescued Hens Get Some TLC

Update: Rescued Hens Get Some TLC
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Last month, nearly 50,000 hens were discovered after having been abandoned and left for dead at a farm in Stanislaus County, CA, rented by A&L Poultry.

Officials estimated that they were left without food or water for more than two weeks. About a third of the hens had already died of starvation when the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency arrived and more had to be euthanized because they were in such bad shape.

More than 5,100 people signed the petition on Care2 to allow rescuers, who were initially blocked by officials, to take the surviving hens and more continue to sign the petition asking for justice for these innocent birds.

In a fortunate turn of events, rescuers from Animal Place, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary and Farm Sanctuary were able to save more than 4,400 hens.

“The scale of this week’s effort is truly ground-breaking. A coalition of committed animal protection groups joined forces with Animal Place and Harvest Home to complete the largest ever farmed animal rescue in the United Sates,” said Christine Morrissey, Harvest Home Sanctuary Manager. “In light of the immense animal suffering within the walls of this egg facility, we were grateful to make the best out of a horrible situation. We applaud local and state authorities for allowing rescuers the opportunity to provide life-saving relief for thousands of animals on the brink of death.”

If you can adopt a hen, volunteer or make a donation to help defray the costs of a large-scale emergency rescue, please visit Animal Place, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary and Farm Sanctuary.

“The Turlock battery hens rescued from the A & L Poultry manure pits deserve nothing less than to be treated like queens,” said Morrissey. At Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, volunteer vet techs Kelle Kacmarcik and Nat Smith gave the new girls deluxe spa treatments. Check out the slideshow:

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Photo credit: Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary

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9:47AM PDT on May 23, 2012

I started contacting egg producers several years ago asking about the feed and conditions of suppliers facilities. I got some pretty vague answers which always tells me they don't know, care or flat out mislead. I narrowed my egg purchases down to organic suppliers but was still not comfortable with large scale ops. I now only buy eggs produced locally from people who feed non-gmo/organic feed, name their chickens, who are never caged and keep them as pets after they're laying years are over. Small ops like this can be found almost anywhere. The eggs taste better, are multi-colored, different sizes and usually a have higher yolk to white ratio. If I couldn't get eggs this way I wouldn't buy them at all, ever.

9:33AM PDT on May 23, 2012

I started contacting egg producers several years ago asking about the feed and conditions of suppliers facilities. I got some pretty vague answers which always tells me they don't know, care or flat out mislead. I narrowed my egg purchases down to organic suppliers but was still not comfortable with large scale ops. I now only buy eggs produced locally from people who feed non-gmo/organic feed, name their chickens, who are never caged and keep them as pets after they're laying years are over. Small ops like this can be found almost anywhere. The eggs taste better, are multi-colored, different sizes and usually a have higher yolk to white ratio. If I couldn't get eggs this way I wouldn't buy them at all, ever.

7:02AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Thank you to all the rescuers!! These hens look like they are so happy to be actual 'chickens'.

1:53AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS & MANY THANKS

10:35PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

How I wish this was closer to me! I could give 500 of them a wonderful new home!

2:12PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

It's so nice to see some happy chickens!

8:02AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Awww...one of the most horrible ways to die is from starvation, and yet seeing others die this way before you with the smell of death in the air...ugh. I can't thank all who helped enough who had a part in saving those poor hens. I will be donating and sharing the story in hopes that others will do the same

10:22PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

The world needs more happy chickens. Happy chickens lay the best eggs. Good for the rescuers. I hope this is not their last rescue.

4:20PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

I would have liked to have some of those chickens for my farm. Predators have been preying on my chickens.

4:14PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

I would have liked to have some of those chickens for my farm.

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