The economic scene in the nation is pretty bleak, and most affected are the people in the hospitality business and farmers. Many have scaled down their operation.

Courtesy Animal Place
[Image Courtesy Animal Place]
The pandemic severely affected a farm in Iowa, and it decided to euthanize 100,000 chickens with carbon dioxide. Thanks to a California animal sanctuary, 1,000 chickens will be spared from the ordeal. The sanctuary decided to give a home to 1,000 chickens.

Tough Times

The pandemic has affected every economic activity. Farms across Delaware and Maryland had to euthanize two million chicks Last month, according to a statement by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc.

The farm, which the sanctuary did not name, was having a tough time trying to survive due to a steep fall in demand. So it decided to euthanize more than 100,000 hens with carbon dioxide gas. However, it agreed to allow Animal Place an animal advocacy group to rescue 1,000 of those hens.

Animal Place transported a thousand birds in two planes to their new home in California. Two donors paid the cost of ferrying these birds. The operation lasted for 30 hours and overseen by two animal sanctuary staff members. The birds were first loaded on planes in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and their destination was Truckee, California. The flight lasted for eight hours and included a stopover for refueling.

Will Do It Again

Animal Place animal care director, Hannah Beins, said in a statement to CNN, “The entire process, from the 27-hour drive, arriving at the farm at 3 a.m., loading and unloading full crates from the planes and vehicles, and going straight to caring for them once we arrived at the sanctuary was the most exhausting experience I’ve ever had,”.

The new home for these birds is Grass Valley, California, at Animal Place, one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries in the state. The hens will be treated and nursed back to health. The hens will also be available for adoption. The sanctuary will give lifelong care to those hens that are too ill for adoption.

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