Spent Hens, One Week Later

It was just a week ago when we rescued 20 "spent hens" from a local egg farm and brought them back to Better Farm to live out their retirement. The mission was daunting; seeing birds so beaten down was difficult to bear. We washed them, clipped their toenails, and introduced them to their new surroundings. Then we waited for them to start acting like chickens.

The first day at Better Farm, these girls just sat there, looking stunned. But a mere week later, we're blessed with 20 feisty, organic egg-laying hens whose crowns are getting their color back, bellies are being filled with fresh fruits, veggies, bugs, and greens, and bodies are getting all the thrills of fresh air, soft breezes, snuggly hay, dirt, and grass to scratch and peck in. Click here to take a look at where we started; and look below (and at the video, above) to see these girls being the birds they were born to be. Feathers are growing back in, they're running (running!), jumping and flapping their wings, and just having the best time:

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.