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Marin Humane Society Seeking New Homes for Hens

Birds rescued from Central Valley farm after owner did not feed them for two weeks.

If you are looking to get some chickens for your farm or backyard, get in touch with the Marin Humane Society. The organization is seeking homes for some 400 leghorns recently rescued from a Central Valley farm after the owner stopped feeding them.

Nearly 20,000 hens died at the A&L Poultry farm near Turlock last week after not being fed for two weeks because the price of corn had gone up, according to a story in the Marin Independent Journal. Another 30,000 were rescued by the California Poultry Federation.

Marin Humane Society in Bel Marin Keys received some of the hens and is now looking for good homes for them. They are asking all interested parties to fill out an application and pay $5 per hen. For more info, contact the Humane Society at (415) 883-4621 or visit them online at marinhumanesociety.org

Bradford A Morris March 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Thank You Patch. I am going to get three or more chickens.
Robert J. Cleek March 01, 2012 at 07:46 PM
They're too old for anything but the stew pot and probably too old to be worth much as layers, but they want five bucks a piece for them? You can buy a pullet for ten or fifteen bucks if you really want a chicken that will productively lay eggs for a couple of years, after which their laying will taper off. Boneless chicken breast runs maybe a couple of bucks a pound. Five bucks seem like a lot for an old pet chicken.
Craig Belfor March 02, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I remember a story about the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that rescued burros from the open range in Nevada rather than just kill them to solve the overpopulation problem in the fifties. They spent lots of money transporting them to Italy to give them to the people as drayage animals to help them get back on their feet after the war, when many were killed. A few years later they went over their to see how the program was working out. They found out that most had been turned into salami and exported back to the U.S. Robert Cheek has given us the numbers. These future McNuggets are doomed.
Jenny March 02, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Leghorns are excellent chickens and superb layers. They're easy to keep and require little effort on the owner's behalf. My hens free range in my yard and keep the bug population down and till our gardens for us every year. And despite what many poultry purists say, they produce delicious eggs well into their sixth year of life. At 5 and 6 we're getting some of the best eggs we've had and they lay through winter as well. Leghorns are hearty too, not as prone to disease and are real survivors. One of my girls got attacked by a hawk, it tore up her chest and we thought for sure she was a goner. She healed and was good as new within a couple weeks. I'd highly recommend them for the backyard chicken enthusiast.

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