ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — More than 1,000 rescued hens are winging their way from California to New York aboard a private plane.
With their egg-laying days on a California farm over, the hens were going to be killed until the Animal Place sanctuary stepped in.
The northern California sanctuary took in 3,000 hens and sent about 1,200 on a cross-country flight. They're scheduled to land in the upstate New York city of Elmira, near the Pennsylvania border, at 7 a.m. Thursday.
Animal Place says nine East Coast sanctuaries and shelters will be taking in the hens and will either put them up for adoption or keep them. The other rescued hens will remain in California.