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752 Rescued Hens Feel Sunshine for the First Time

752 Rescued Hens Feel Sunshine for the First Time

Surely you have eaten eggs or seen a chicken, but have you ever seen a battery-caged hen take her first steps on soil and feel the sunshine on her back for the first time in her life? This video by Edgar’s Mission, a non-profit sanctuary in Australia for rescued farm animals, will tug a few tears from your eyes whether you have previously witnessed this joy or not.

Battery cages not only denied these hens from expressing normal and natural behaviors – such as nest building, scratching in the dirt, dust baths and stretching their wings, but also any semblance of normalcy. How can they enjoy life when these chickens spend their entire lives living in a space that is about the size of an 8×10 piece of paper?

Thanks to the changing heart of an Australian poultry farmer these 752 hens were given a second lease on life. At their new home at Edgar’s Sanctuary, they learned to live and love a life full of what makes life worth living.

In their video, Edgar’s Mission asks shouldn’t it be normal and natural for humans to be kind? The answer to that question is a resounding yes!   Yet, in Australia alone, 11 million hens are condemned to a life far from kind or natural in small overcrowded metal cages. Worldwide, there are billions of egg-laying hens living in squalid inhumane conditions.

Fortunately, across Australia as well as in the United States and Europe there is a growing movement to shed light on these barbaric practices. The Humane Society offers a fact sheet on how to read egg cartons so that when you buy eggs you can choose to support humane poultry practices. Yes, ethical eggs cost more, but instead of thinking of it that way, think that the price of these eggs is the NORMAL price of eggs when life is respected. Thus, the cheaper price represents exploitation, abuse and suffering.

More and more people have discovered the pleasure of raising their own chickens in their own urban and suburban backyards. My family has started researching what it will take to raise our own backyard chickens, the local ordinances and how to build a chicken coop. Not everyone has the backyard space to raise chickens, or dedicated time, but you could consider neighborhood chicken coops. Now that is an idea worth clucking about!

Read more: The Risks and Benefits of Backyard Chickens

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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3:15AM PDT on Sep 12, 2014

Thank you

1:44PM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

Thank you

5:49AM PDT on Jun 1, 2014

Great !!!!

As for the batteries, don't buy , this is only language they understand ....

12:06AM PDT on May 18, 2014

sweet girls! So pleased they were rescued. We have 4 girls that are indulged with love. Their favourite food is the fresh goji berries and finely chopped red caspicum. I love watching them have a dust bath

11:29PM PDT on May 17, 2014

It's all about the mindset....There should never have been changes to free range animals and farming. If they can afford to build big buildings to stuff all the animals together in small confined areas, then surely it's affordable to revert back to the roam free kind of farming again. These animals were not created to be kept in pens and be manufactured like toys. These animals have 5 senses like human beings and deserve to respected and treated humanely.
It's been nothing but big business, GREEDY mindsets that started those inhumane practices. Who paid the price??? The poor animals.
It's time all of these practices end. Let's hope this will all change. The sooner the better.

12:14PM PDT on May 17, 2014

I could not hit play to watch the clip, seeing as how I've watched too many videos of animals suffer unbearable pain just to satisfy the standards of a barbaric, masochistic industry. So with that said, Edgar many thanks to you for being a role model & setting an example of how animals ought to be treated.

2:44AM PDT on May 2, 2014

Another beautiful heart warming story on the wonderful EDGAR'S MISSION here in AUSTRALIA in Victoria to be exact - what an incredible sanctuary and how wonderful they have rescued these beautiful HENS and given what they have been deprived of for so long - a NORMAL LIFE - Lets all check the Egg Cartons before we buy - buy only FREE RANGE and give some thought to neighbourhood coops if you don't have the space for your own Chicken Coop - WAY TO GO to give hens a better life.

12:16PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Oh sweet Lord, that was beautiful. Donation sent to the Farm.

5:30PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

Yes.

12:39PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

I like the idea of neighborhood coops , and if I had the space I would keep chickens. But, I live in an apartment.

But by trying to eat free range - as a whole society _ I think we need to face the reality that we will need to consume LESS , less eggs,less meat - as doing it humanely we cannot pump out the volume that industrial farming can.

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