Everyone! There was a big tractor-trailer accident yesterday (7/15/13) on I-5 that affected 50,000 "spent" battery hens. They cannot be reintroduced into the "food system" and will all be killed and composted unless new homes can be found. Lighthouse Sanctuary in Oregon is working to find homes for them, and the more people who contact them, the more hens they can save. I plan on taking at least two for my new backyard! Chickens are the absolute coolest, and I was planning on getting some anyway. I'm happy that I can help rescue some from this horrible accident.
Obviously, this goes without saying on the PPK, but these are beautiful creatures who have likely never felt the grass beneath their feet or the sun in their faces, and are not suitable for eating. Although they are considered "spent" they may still lay, and often, so be prepared for that.
I believe the chickens are in California at the moment but there are sanctuaries in Oregon and Washington working to find them homes, so if you live anywhere on the West Coast, see if you can help! Here's the Lighthouse Sanctuary post on the subject:
Homes needed for large rescue of 50,000 battery caged hens. White Leghorn Hens, 2 y/o
We will be taking in 20-30 hens which will be available for adoption through us...we will take in more if we find MORE committed homes. Please contact us soon...503-394-4486. If the hens cannot be rescued and new homes found, the remaining hens will be killed and composted. The rescue is scheduled for the end of the month