County seeks homes for rescued hens

A truckful of leghorn hens recently arrived at the Sonoma Humane Society's Forget Me Not Farm, the latest effort by the nonprofit organization to help find homes for chickens rescued from large egg farms around the state.

"The goal is to move these birds (into homes) as quickly as possible," said Carol Rathmann, director of Forget Me Not Farm.

As she spoke last week, about 40 of the newly-arrived white hens pecked the straw and scratched the sun-warmed dirt in their roomy enclosure at the 3-acre farm, located behind the Sonoma Humane Society headquarters off Highway 12.

The chickens were the first of what could be many avian deliveries in the coming weeks, following a Chico-area egg producer's announcement that he plans to close by early April.

Volunteers are bringing the birds from Animal Place, a Grass Valley-based nonprofit organization that rescues farm animals.

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