"I'm guessing from her size that she was on her way to the slaughterhouse," Russ said. She doesn't know how long Babs remained on road on her own, but eventually a couple driving by saw the young hen tumbling around on the ground.
They immediately stopped to help her and contacted Shamballa. While the rescue doesn't usually take in farm animals, Russ said, she decided to give Babs a chance, since she was an unusual case.
"Honestly, I didn't think she'd make it the first few days because she was just a pair of drumsticks and a head," Russ said. "She couldn't walk, she didn't know how to stand up and she'd never seen grass before. She was a bit traumatized. She would hide in dark corners."