Lunchtime at Farm Sanctuary is often a time to unwind a bit after a morning of work, but last month, this midday break held something unexpected and shocking for a member of our administrative staff. While taking a stroll near the main office building of our New York Shelter, she stumbled upon several layer hens hiding in the woods. We don’t know when the birds were abandoned there, but they were left without food, water or shelter, and were in desperate need of help.
Once notified of the situation, we rounded up the frightened hens and brought them straight to our hospital for examination. Sadly, they were in very poor shape. All of the hens were emaciated and had severe lice infestations – the worst I had ever seen. Their lungs were also making loud, gurgling sounds and their faces were swollen from severe sinus infections, so we immediately started them on antibiotics as well as treatments to get rid of the lice and any internal parasites they might have had.
The road to recovery was tough, but now, about a month after their rescue, we have good news to report: the hens are finally out of the woods! Illness free and currently living with a new flock of friends, these incredible ladies, known affectionately as the Spice Girls, have finally blossomed into friendly and happy individuals without any worries on their minds.