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Something incredible recently happened right in the middle of a freeway south of Los Angeles, California. 17 chickens were discovered on the road, frantically trying to make sense of the strange position they found themselves in. California Highway Patrol stepped in and blocked the freeway, quickly working to rescue the frightened animals.

Sadly, not all of the chickens came out of the incident alive – but the nine who did were finally brought to Farm Sanctuary where they were thoroughly examined, treated, and shown kindness. At last in a safe place, the animals found their forever home – but they still need help to be fully nursed back to health.

As Farm Sanctuary points out, the chickens are broilers who are usually transported to slaughter in large trucks – a practice which can end up in an accident like this one. The birds are just around 42 days old even though they already weigh a whopping five pounds. Thanks to selective breeding and genetic modification, these birds grow at unnaturally fast rates and in the industry, these chicks would be ready to become meat. Luckily, that will not be the fate for these rescued little ones!

You can help with the medical treatment of the rescued chickens and other animals like them by making a donation to Farm Sanctuary.

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7 comments on “Broiler Chickens Who Narrowly Escaped Slaughter Now Have the Chance at a Happy Life (VIDEO)”

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Jayasri Radha Devi Dasi
13 Days ago


Rachael Raines
14 Days ago

This breed usually self destructs in a matter of months. They are genetically programmed to basically eat themselves to death. Their livers become enlarged and they die of liver failure.

Vita Searle
09 Jan 2018

If their diet is strictly monitored, will that prevent that?

Rachael Raines
09 Jan 2018

Vita Searle Yes but it takes a lot of diligence. You basically have to keep them separate from other chickens so they don't get pecked to death. They have grown past the ability to learn how to be a chicken (yes a mother hen would have taught them that). They will never walk around and act like a normal chicken. They will basically stand in one place and eat. That is all they know. I have attempted to rescue one even though I was warned against it. She did have some happy days in the sun at my best friends farm. My friend and I feel it was worth it.

Vita Searle
09 Jan 2018

Rachael Raines -Does sound a lot of work and heartache, what people have done to creatures is beyond understanding.

Rachael Raines
09 Jan 2018

The chance they get is better than the one they had.

14 Days ago



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