At 4.30am on Saturday morning we received a message asking if we could re-home some chickens. 367 of them!
These girls had been ‘free range layers’, but their commercial value had expired. They had become what’s called ‘spent chickens’, meaning they were still producing eggs, but not at the rate required for commercial viability. So, they had been caught, crated into a trailer, and would have been euthanized. OAAT couldn’t let that happen…
It was a daunting task, but we took all 367 chickens into care!
For these girls now – their lives have only just begun. For the first time, they will get to experience what it means to be truly free. They will get to do what chickens like to do – roam, stretch, flap their wings, walk on soft grass, lie in the sun and enjoy a dust bath. They have value and they matter. Oh, and they still regularly lay eggs, and will continue to do so for months or even years to come.
New Homes. New Lives!
The majority of these chickens have found new homes on rural properties or in suburban backyards. The remainder will be re-homed in the coming weeks. Their new homes will make sure they are provided with fresh food, water, open air, and a safe place to roam and roost at night (safe from predators).