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This is Louise, a former egg-laying hen. If you click on the picture, you can see she doesn't have a full beak, because a good chunk of it was chopped off at a few days of age.

She came from a small factory farm of 160,000 battery-cage housed egg-laying hens that was going out of business. In a rare opportunity, we went into the facility and pulled 2,000 hens (legally, no less). It was back-breaking, soul-aching work. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, but I'd take that extra hen. Maybe extra hundred hens. In California, no slaughterhouse takes "spent" egg-laying hens, because they don't produce enough flesh to be worth anything. So we could take as many as we wanted and it wasn't any skin off the money-grubbing farmer's back (he's currently trying to build a 1,000,000 egg-laying operation....not if Prop 2 passes).

She spends her days at the sanctuary doing normal bird stuff - foraging, pecking, nesting, dust-bathing, foraging, snoozing, sunbathing, foraging, and maybe some foraging.

Interestingly, most of the white leghorns rescued from that facility have died from ovarian cancer. It is unsurprising considering they produce a whopping 260-300 eggs per year at their peak. Even other egg-laying breeds produce less and your average game/feral fowl will produce 20-60 per year.


Sep. 8th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
I figured as much. I'll eat a lot of cheesecake on your behalf. Just kidding, I'm not that devilish. We'll just figure out something else, in which I probably head up to your apartment and make cheesecake for you. :)

Your car sounds like it's fully of lemony badness.

I too prefer your fuel hoses remain attached. Your brakes too. Please be safe.
Sep. 8th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
>We'll just figure out something else, in which I probably head up to your apartment and make cheesecake for you.

Awwwww you are like agave personified. I hate to make you drive out here for the billionth time although the prospect is QUITE exciting! I will make it up to you with a trip to Grass Valley...how about the weekend of the 20th? Maybe that will equal all the gas from Cowville to Hippieland. I will try to have non-recalled parts in my car so that I can drive. Thankfully I don't have to pay for any of the parts or labor, so I'm getting them all replaced ASAP.

I think the way the lemon law goes is if I have the same problem three times and give the dealership three chances to fix it and they still fail at life, then my car can apply for lemon status. I read a few horror stories about Nissan being an asshat to people who have had problems with their Versas so I am not looking forward to that. Hopefully I can just get my car fixed and get a new one in two years when my lease is up.

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