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!