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Queenie the Hen

Queenie is our oldest rescue hen. Despite her age, she still runs around throughout the day, digging up worms and scratching in the grass for seeds. Brown shavers can live up to 8-10 years of age. But on all egg production farms they are slaughtered at 18 months, after laying for just one season (because after each season they go “off lay” for 4 – 6 weeks while their bodies recover, before they start laying again).

Thankfully Queenie has had the chance to live well into her twilight years here at The Animal Sanctuary. When she goes, it will be at the end of her long, happy, well loved life.

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The Animal Sanctuary is an animal refuge run by Shawn Bishop and Michael Dixon in Matakana, New Zealand. We provide a safe haven for abused and neglected animals, and care for injured or orphaned native birds. A charitable trust has been established for this purpose.

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