On January 24, 2016, we adopted 13 chickens from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. A friend of mind mentioned that they periodically have white chickens for adoption, and when I checked their website, they had 9 rescued hens. I immediately went to Mountain Feed and Farm in Ben Lomond to buy hay, shavings, and lay pellets. After setting up the coop and hen house, I got to Santa Cruz by 3pm.
They had 9 white Leghorns rescued from a factory farm. It was stated on the website that they were 2 years and 3 months old. I was told that the factory farm gets rid of their hens when egg production slows down. A non-profit organization, Animal Place, in Berkeley, CA saves the chickens from being gassed, and then distributes them to various animal shelters. I was fortunate to be able to adopt 9 of these special hens.
In addition to the 9 Leghorns, there were also 4 Americanas up for adoption. They were kept separate at the shelter. No questions asked, I adopted them all. A nice volunteer helped catch them. As soon as the chickens got to Love Creek Farm, they checked out their new coop and took a dust bath. All 13 were integrated together, and they get along fine. They seem to be very happy, and we are getting at least 7 eggs a day. Who says that they aren’t laying enough eggs!