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Hens are a popular staple at most farms. But after a year of producing eggs, laying hens just can’t produce as many eggs as they once did. As you can imagine, this isn’t good for farmers or hens. Most times, farmers end up sending their older hens to slaughterhouses. Luckily, though, animal rescues that take in retired hens are popping up throughout the world.

These animal rescues give older hens a chance to live out the rest of their lives on free-range land. These organizations also do their due diligence to make certain that the people who adopt the hens will give the rescued birds happy, free-range homes.

1. British Hen Welfare Trust

Jane Howorth founded the Trust in 2005. Howorth travels to commercial egg farms and gathers up old hens before they are sent to their death. Her goal: To re-home farm hens through adoption. Howorth’s Trust has re-homed 400,000 hens so far. According to Modern Farmer, most of the hens are collected from large-scale commercial farms.

2. Animal Place

The Animal Place was founded in 1989. It runs a 600-acre animal sanctuary in Grass Valley, California, and a 60-acre animal shelter in Vacaville, California. It aims to save all farm animals, but recently partnered with another shelter on this list, Forget Me Not Farms, and rescued 1,800 birds. The birds were rescued from an egg farmer who left the business. Luckily, all hens from this rescue were placed in homes.

3. Forget Me Not Farms

As mentioned previously, Forget Me Not Farms helped rescue more than 1,000 hens. This organization is also dedicated to helping humans, too. The farm aims to break the cycle of abuse by helping thousands of at-risk children bond with rescued animals. The animal rescue was founded in 1992.

4. Ducks and Clucks

While this organization’s main goal is to rescue ducks, it has cared for chickens, geese, pigeons, and a turkey. Ducks and Clucks was founded in 2004 and takes in abused, discarded, sick, and injured birds.

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Resources

“How to Recycle a Hen,” Modern Farmer

Image: Steven Lilley