Though some of the hens have since died, others are still with us, and one of them - Miss Earth Angel - has had 4 surgeries this year related to problems resulting from having been bred for excessive egg production. I knew the fourth surgery was especially risky, but the alternative was that she would die from the accumulation of egg debris in her system, so our veterinarian and I decided to give her another chance for recovery on November 14th.
Unlike before, this time she did not rebound quickly from the operation but slept on her blanket in the kitchen most of the time. Sadly I assumed she would quietly die, but lo and behold, at the end of November, she rallied!
It's amazing to look at Miss Earth Angel, our brave little hen, and think about her life: Born in an industrial hatchery, badly debeaked and squeezed in a henitentiary with thousands of other hens, miraculously rescued and flown to Watkins Glen, New York, then driven 9 hours to United Poultry Concerns in Machipongo, Virginia in a van.
Miss Earth Angel recovering happily in the house. Photo by Karen Davis, Dec. 14, 2015