Homes for Hens

Thanks to a UK-based nonprofit, laying hens can trade life on the farm for free-range retirement.

Homes for Hens
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Jodi Helmer  In 2015, while discussing weekend plans, Shelly Jagger learned that a coworker planned to slaughter the chickens on her poultry farm to make room for the next batch of young laying hens.  “I was naïve; I didn’t know that it happened,” she recalls. “The hens were just 18 months old and had a lot of life and love ahead of them.”  Jagger was determined to save them. Her coworker agreed to hold off on slaughtering the group of 300 hens for two weeks so Jagger could figure out a plan. She jumped into action, calling a local dog rescue in her hometown of Northwest Lancashire, England, that had been in the news for rescuing and rehoming hens from a truck that overturned on its way to the processor. To her surprise — and relief — the dog rescue agreed to help. All of the hens scheduled to

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