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Cold rain fell as we surveyed the scene. In the distance stood a barn and, 1/4 mile away stood us rescuers. I could not see the barn – it was 2:30 am and pitch-black, but I knew 1,000 lives depended on us to get this right.

Let me explain as I invite you to help!

We drove 8 hours, spent the night at a hotel, and woke up at 1:30 am to pull a hen named Wanda and 999 of her sisters from a pasture-based egg farm.

The barn was situated in an expansive pasture, although the hens only had access to a small portion.

We arrive to the farm at 2:30 am. First challenge – get the truck and trailer through a wet pasture to the barn. Luck is on our side…and so is 4WD.

Second challenge – overcome wet weather inside a cramped barn with limited movement and total exposure to the elements. We don raingear and headlamps, but there is no way to avoid getting sopping wet. But hey, it’s for the chickens, right? They lived their lives on the farm with a partial roof and no doors…we can tolerate a few hours of being drenched. You would too, if it meant saving so many lives.

Getting Wanda out of her barn and into our rescue and adoption center was costly.

Your $10 donation will go toward covering intakes like this.

After 4 ½ hours of grueling work and difficult conditions, we succeed at getting 1,000 hens into crates for transport to our rescue and adoption center, then make the 8-hour journey back to the shelter.

I wish you could have been there when we uncrated the hens. While these girls had explored in grass, they had never enjoyed a fresh bed of straw safe inside a predator proof barn. And they LOVED it.

Your $50 gift will buy almost five bales of straw for these hens and others in our care.

After the hens receive a clean bill of health and spend time resting and relaxing with us, we will find them permanent homes.

Thank you for helping these hens thrive in our care!

And remember, ALL gifts are appreciated!

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7 Responses so far.

  1. Doris says:

    How did you get access to all these chickens?

    • Animal Place says:

      Hi Doris,

      With the farm’s permission. We reach out to egg farms in the state, letting them know that we have a facility to house up to 2,000 chickens. Some farms are willing to give us birds, like this one.

      -marji, education director

  2. Why would the farm give permission?

  3. Allison says:

    I have hens, so here’s a little info on them. Rounding them up in the middle of the night is much easier than chasing them when they’re awake. Also, hens that are beyond their prime laying years, usually 4 years or older, are usually culled (killed.) Animal place is doing wonderful work allowing these girls to live out their retirement!

  4. Heidi says:

    Thank you for rescuing these beautiful animals and freeing them from their slavery.

    I just donated $50 for Wanda and her sisters. I hope others will do the same and support your compassionate work.

    Go Vegan! Love LIFE!

  5. Janet says:

    I have about 8 roosters I need to get rid of. I will not give them to just anyone because of the cock fights. I would love to trade for hens.