One hundred rescued hens arrived at the on Tuesday morning after undergoing two weeks of treatment at the Animal Place farm animal sanctuary in Vacaville and are available for adoption for $5 apiece.
The chickens, originally slated for slaughter at a Northern California egg-producing facility, are intended to be adopted as backyard companions.
The Marin Humane Society’s partnership with Animal Place has enabled that organization to work with farmers in coordinating the removal and placement of spent hens prior to their slaughter date. Information about the farms is kept confidential to ensure the privacy and protection of the farms. In July 2010, more than 100 rescued hens brought to the Marin Humane Society from Animal Place were adopted within 24 hours.
The chickens have been beak trimmed (a portion of their beak has been cut off) but otherwise engage in normal behavior such as preening and eating. The two-year-old hens have a lifespan of six to eight years.
If you are interested in adopting a hen(s), visit the Marin Humane Society at 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, or call the MHS Adoption Center at 415-506-6225.