Friendly, inquisitive, and social, chickens have made wonderful animal companions for centuries, and we’re no different in loving their company. We care for a number of rescued hens here at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary, and it brings us great joy to see them strutting around our garden, dust bathing in the yard, and generally enjoying life here at the sanctuary.
Join Animal Care Assistant Izzy and Dorothy the hen to learn all about the high standard of care we give all our rescued chickens here at the sanctuary.
On 1st of April 2021, Avian Flu restrictions were lifted, meaning that our rescued birds could be let out again after nearly four months of lockdown! It makes us very happy to see them out enjoying the sanctuary to its fullest once again.
Most chickens have a natural lifespan of around 10 years but same may live up to 15 years! Hens rescued from industry sadly may not live this long, even when kept as pets, due to their stressful start in life.
In an intensive egg laying system, hens will typically be slaughtered when their egg production declines (typically around 1.5 years old). In intensive industrial systems, broiler hens (those reared for meat) are slaughtered when they are just over a month old.
Learn more about our exciting new project which will help us rescue hundreds more hens in desperate need of our help.
Learn about the egg industry and how hens are treated.
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