What a difference a month can make

A little more than a month ago, I wrote about an egg factory farmer who left 50,000 egg-laying hens in cages without food and water for more than two weeks to die a slow, painful death. By the time animal control was alerted to their situation, most of the birds had perished. A few thousand were rescued by farmed animal sanctuaries where they were nursed back to health.

Three of the sanctuaries involved in the rescue recently posted updates on the hens.

Animal Place, which took in 4,100 of the birds, posted the video below.

Farm Sanctuary in Orland, California shared a video of some of the hundreds of hens it recued. Orland Shelter Director, Tara Oresick, wrote in an update,

During the first few days following the rescue, manyof the hens needed fluids and tube feedings… some were even presenting signs of renal failure and shock. Unfortunately, for some of the hens, too much damage had been done — their frail bodies were shutting down.

By the end of the first week, however, most of the remaining hens really started to perk up, and they continue to grow stronger and more active each day.  In the beginning, if we found a hen lying on her side, it was because she was too weak to stand. Now, if we find a hen on her side, it’s almost always because she’s dust bathing or basking in a beam of sunlight!”

And Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary posted photos of the now healthy birds in its care, like Cassidy, below.

These animals lived in hell and were on the brink of death. What a difference a month can make.