California Chickens Flown East—for Retirement
Donor saves 1.2K from slaughterhouse
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 4, 2013 7:17 PM CDT
File photo.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

(Newser) – Their egg-laying days behind them, some 1,200 Northern California chickens are heading for a cozy retirement on the East Coast, where they will live outside of cages and have plenty of room to spread their wings. The Sacramento Bee reports that an anonymous $50,000 donation is funding Operation Chicken Airlift, which will send the hens on a cross-country cargo flight to upstate New York.

From there the white Leghorn chickens will be ferried to different sanctuaries. Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York, where 200 of the birds will end up, is providing perches, grass, and even a wooded area where they can roam. Laying hens are generally too lean for human consumption and are usually slaughtered after they stop providing eggs.

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Sep 7, 2013 9:52 PM CDT
I say, I say, I say, Foghorn Leghorn be mighty proud....mighty proud. Watch out for the chicken hawk.
Sep 5, 2013 10:07 AM CDT
Foster Farms rejects...?
Sep 5, 2013 10:06 AM CDT
worked in the industry for nine years ! set a few things straight ! layers usually lay for three years , after which the are shipped off to slaughter and used to make soup , cosmetics ( ta\hats right ladies if you knew whats in the crap you would`nt wear it ) pet foods and other products ! and for the one who mentioned how much they poop ! an average layer house has 85,000- too 135,000 birds in it producing 25,000 tons too 35,000 tons of chicken manure per year ! this is also used ! it goes into cosmetics , shampoo`s, animal feed , fertilizer , and is also used to produce methane gas for power generation ! like I said nine years , for the first six months I could`nt eat eggs or chicken !