North Bay Hens Saved from Slaughter

Anonymous egg plant donates 150 birds for adoption

By john Boitnott
|  Tuesday, Dec 9, 2008  |  Updated 3:51 PM PDT
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North Bay Hens Saved from Slaughter

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Starbucks is out, backyard chickens are in.

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An anonymous Northern California egg production plant has donated more than 140 hens to the Marin Human Society for adoption.

Humane society officials said that the hens were just days away from slaughter and had been donated by the egg production plant because the birds could still lay eggs, just not fast enough to satisfy the requirements of the plant.

The hens are two years old and are available for $5 each.

The egg production facility brought 500 "spent" hens in all to humane organizations in Novato, Vacaville and Sonoma County over the weekend.

Hens are widely considered to be good pets.

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