Going to the birds, again: Animal Place offers hen adoptions

By From page A5 | March 21, 2014

VACAVILLE — The Animal Place is on the move again, rescuing hens from a precarious situation.

An egg farm in Chico is going out of business, leaving 1,800 hens without a residence – that is until the animal rescue organization, in conjunction with the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, stepped in to help.

About 700 of the birds have been spoken for and should be claimed during a weekend adoption event at Western Ranch & Pet Supply in Vacaville. With the response so far, Marji Beach believes they’ll find homes for all the hens.

“If we keep at this pace they’ll be gone in a couple of weeks,” she said. “It’s been really wonderful seeing the community come together for these birds.”

She said that a wide range of people have come forward to adopt the quirky birds – those with lots of property and backyard chicken owners.

The group will go to Chico on Friday to round up the initial 700 birds that have homes, but that leaves 1,100 other that are not spoken for. The birds need to be removed from the Chico location by April 4. Beach said they will make a couple more trips to Chico after Friday.

“We’re bringing back as many as we have homes for,” Beach said of Friday’s rescue trip. “Hopefully by the end of two or three rescues we’ll have homes for the 1,800 hens.”

The red hens are between 8 and 12 months old.

The Animal Place has rescued more than 12,000 hens in the past three years and placed them in homes throughout California, plus Oregon and Washington. The most recent rescue was 3,000 last fall.

While this weekend’s adoption event is full, those interested in adopting at a future adoption event must fill out an application in advance, which can be found at www.animalplace.org/help-a-hen-rescue or calling 530-477-1757. There is a nominal adoption fee.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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