Special Chickens needing Special Homes

4 03 2010

Animal Place recently accepted 45 hens from a cage-free egg laying operation. The hens are commercial brown layers and are approximately 2 years old. They have been de-beaked, so will require some specialized feeding care.

The hens are friendly, all things considered, and are looking for new homes.

There are 23 hens available for adoption. Adopters will need to fill out an adoption application and there is a suggested $5 donation per chicken to help offset the extra care and feed they require at the sanctuary.

If you are interested in adopting some of these hens or know someone who is, please contact Marji Beach at marji@animalplace.org. Hens will only be adopted into companion homes.

Please remember, if you know anyone looking for chickens to adopt, please consider your local shelter or a sanctuary like Animal Place before buying. Hatcheries are sad places where adult birds are kept in puppy mill style housing and where day-old, sensitive birds are sent through the postal service. Rooster chicks are used as packing material, so even ordering “hens” may result in a few roosters (who are generally tossed out or euthanized at shelters). Contact us first to see if we can find needy chickens for placement before buying!

Animal Place




One response

20 05 2010
Janice James

Ordering birds through the postal service is NOT a bad thing. Do you understand that many heritage breeds would not still exist if people who raise them couldn’t ship chicks to share with others? I have also ordered rare breed chicks from Murray McMurray and they arrive healthy and in top shape, and have lived long, disease-free, happy lives. Hatcheries are not necessarily sad places, please differentiate between those that raise commercial birds and those that raise birds for hobby farmers. I have raised chicks myself, both in an incubator and letting the hens do it themselves (often the worst choice) and found that ordering good stock from a reputable hatchery is the best option.

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