Update – The rescued hens currently have mites and they will need to have time for treatment before they can travel.
Rescues often change minute by minute and Pasado’s will continue to update our readers as changes occur.
Pasado’s will wait until it is safe for these girls to be transported to the sanctuary and to their new homes. We do still need homes for these rescued hens and we will use this additional time to accept applications and to perform home checks to ensure that we are ready for these hens when they arrive.
Thank you so much to our readers who circulated this story – we truly cannot make a difference for the animals without your support!
We expect their arrival in 2 – 4 weeks and will continue to post updates as they occur.
Pasado’s Safe Haven will be participating in a large-scale chicken rescue this weekend and we need your help to save lives.
The rescued hens are coming from a small battery cage egg farm in California. The farm, which has agreed to work with animal rescue organizations, is transitioning from cages to fulfill the legal requirements of California’s Proposition 2. Farms have to be in compliance by 2015, so these hens are likely slated for slaughter only due to their age.
The farm has a total of 1,400 chickens. Animal Place can take in 900 hens. Pasado’s is taking in 50 – which is the most that we can take in. Lighthouse Sanctuary in Oregon is taking in 20.
And we are devastated to report that approximately 430 of these innocent animals will not be rescued.
Disposing of hens at around two years of age is standard practice in factory farms – and it’s one of the many reasons why animal advocates worldwide oppose factory farms.
Because this farm is working with animal rescue agencies, there will be no criminal charges in this case.
The rescued hens are all two-year-old white leghorns with beautiful red combs. They have been vaccinated for standard poultry diseases, including Marek’s, Newcastle, Infectious Bronchitis, and Avian Influenza. Despite enduring the conditions of battery cages, all of the hens appear to be healthy and ready to begin a new, happy chapter in their lives.
These hens are going to be slaughtered simply because they have reached the second year of their lives. At two years of age, it is no longer profitable for the farmer to keep them alive, as their egg production is insufficient to offset the costs of their feed. The farmer will also slaughter the cage-free birds who have reached two years of age.
Pasado’s is reaching out to ask if any of our readers or supporters can please open their homes and hearts to a few rescued hens. We will be picking up these hens on Sunday or Monday.
These beautiful birds still have so much life to live: They still lay eggs, they are still friendly and social, and they deserve the chance to know a loving and happy life.
“Leghorns are one of the highest laying hens,” explained one of Pasado’s Cruelty Investigators.
“While they’re two years old and have seen the brutality of factory farms, they are one of the more desired breeds. The only reason that they’re going to be killed is because they’re two years old and this is standard practice in factory farms.”
Pasado’s Safe Haven hopes to be able to provide these saved hens with a chance for a real quality of life. Here at the sanctuary, we have seen just how amazing these birds are.
Chickens who live in natural settings have complex social systems, establishing a social hierarchy also referred to as the “pecking order.” Each chicken has a unique personality. They enjoy scratching in the dirt, roosting from a high perch, and socializing with one another.
Chickens in factory farms have a far different life, though. Billions of these brilliant birds live their brief lives in deplorable conditions. They live in cramped quarters and are pumped with antibiotics that accelerate their growth, often becoming crippled by their own weight.
Chickens, who are arguably the most abused animals on this planet, are also some of the smartest.
At Pasado’s, we believe that these amazing birds do not belong in battery cages or on the dinner plate. Spending just a few moments in their company demonstrates their intelligence, gregariousness, and friendliness. Our feathered friends never cease to amaze us. Please help us save them.
If you are interested in opening your home, heart, and coop to any of these sweet girls, please click here to open our adoption application and please fax or email your application as soon as you can.
Pasado’s strives to provide a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Click here to support our work – and to help us continue to be on the front lines of animal rescue efforts.
Thank you – from all of the animals at Pasado’s sanctuary and from those who are still waiting to find their safe haven.