Spike
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Rooster Sanctuary at Danzig's Roost
August 2014

At the grower facility Spike was raised in a cage within rows and stacks of more cages, each filled with baby sisters finding no comfort in this cold, new world. After nearly three months had gone by she was close to egg laying age when she would be packed onto a large truck and shipped to a massive egg production facility. Instead of taking the long trip to a new nightmare, she was loaded into a small commuter car with three of her sisters, to start a new life at Danzig’s Roost.

Spike egg laying hen

Spike comes from a facility designed to grow hens from a chick to the age of egg production. Spike hatched next to her brothers and sisters in a hatchery. Spike, and her little sisters and brothers were taken from their incubator warehouse and placed onto conveyor belts. The chicks were removed one by one, yet quickly, and sorted by workers that were sorting these chicks according to sex. Almost all of spikes brothers and a few sisters (the sorting process isn’t always exact) were tossed into a grinder and were killed. The small body of Spike and others like her are much too small for the demand of the meat industry, and clearly, the boys do not lay eggs.

After half of her thousands of artificially bred clutch-mates were destroyed, she and her sisters were taken by conveyor belt to a worker who was cutting off the ends of her sisters tiny, baby beaks with a fire hot blade. Spike had her beak sliced off at the end when it was her turn. The end of their beaks still hold the “egg tooth” which day old chicks have so they can break through their shell as they hatch. Gone. Terrified and searching for the safety of her mothers wings, she was tossed with a severed beak and the rest of her agonizing sisters to be shipped out to the grower facility. Her mother, which she never met, was still at the hatchery waiting for her time to be slaughtered and added to canned soups and pet foods.

At the grower facility Spike was raised in a cage within rows and stacks of more cages, each filled with baby sisters finding no comfort in this cold, new world. After nearly three months had gone by she was close to egg laying age when she would be packed onto a large truck and shipped to a massive egg production facility. Instead of taking the long trip to a new nightmare, she was loaded into a small commuter car with three of her sisters, to start a new life at Danzig’s Roost.

Spike had a once in a billion opportunity out of the nightmarish hell she was hatched into. Billions of her relatives are processed and destroyed systematically so humans can consume eggs.

Months passed before Spike and her sisters felt okay about the humans here. As more time passed she became a very outgoing hen, very curious and ambitious. No longer is she terrified by the hand of humans, and no human being ever stole any of her eggs. The cycle of abuse stops here.


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