By Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns
On September 26, 2013, we adopted 50 hens from a California egg facility, saved by Animal Place, who flew more than a thousand of these hens in a private
jet to sanctuaries on the East Coast. To learn more about these hens see
Beautiful Hens Fly Home to United Poultry Concerns!
Miss Earth Angel and I a week after her surgery. Photo by Donovan Morrow, Nov. 21, 2015
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
Miss Earth Angel enjoying her holiday week. Photo by Karen Davis, Dec. 28, 2015
And here she is today, December 29, 2015, trotting about the house, spending her afternoons on our screened-in porch with a little group of elderly
chickens, hopping up to her perch in the kitchen each evening and jumping off it at 6:00am ready to begin her day and enjoy her spinach, her friends, her
It’s great to be able to tell you about Miss Earth Angel and to thank you on behalf of her and all of us at United Poultry Concerns for your
continuing support in the year ahead. Your donations support our sanctuary, including the excellent veterinary care our birds receive, and all of our
programs and activities. And in case you missed our holiday fundraiser story of Felix & Gabby, here it is again about two of our dear chickens who
comforted each other from the moment they met and why your support means so much to us.
Felix & Gabby's holiday story
We wish you a very happy and productive Year in 2016.
Let’s make 2016 the year that vegan goes viral!