I bought Penny and Daisy from a poultry farm for $3 each. At 18 months young, “layers” are slaughtered – usually sold to the pet food industry. What an horrific thought that these gorgeous girls, so full of life and personality would’ve ended up in a tin can! Most hens are confined to cages their entire lives, never feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs, nor the earth under their feet. My girls have been given a new lease on life. After a month, they are finally starting to lay eggs, their feathers have taken on a glossy sheen, they love to talk and always come running to me when I go outside. My back garden is no longer a lonely place. It is so full of life now. I’m totally smitten with my “girls”. This is my first egg from Daisy.
Taken with a Nikon D90, 105mm macro lens.
‘Spent hens’, whose egg-laying has declined, are usually killed at about 18 months of age. In order to replace the millions of egg-laying hens who are slaughtered every year, millions more are hatched to replace them. However only half these newborn chicks have any economic value to the egg industry because males can’t lay eggs. As a result, every year over 12 million day-old male chicks are ‘disposed’ of by the egg industry either being gassed to death or ground up alive in a ‘macerator’.
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