From Maggie Lorenz:
In April of 2012 I became a first-time homeowner and moved into a small home on the East Side of St. Paul, MN. Finally having a place of my own, I was able to realize my dream of raising chickens. Since childhood I had always wanted a nice little home with some chickens and pigs running around. In the fall of 2012, a small local CSA farmer I know was giving away laying hens who had slowed on production and who they didn’t want to house over the winter. I was able to take in 3 hens. At the time, I was not vegan and had a lot to learn about caring for these animals. They instantly found a place in my heart, but I still hadn’t made the connection between the birds I loved and the birds I ate for dinner. Finally, in 2015 after watching Cowspiracy and Earthlings, I made the connection and started on a path towards veganism.
Now, a committed vegan, I no longer take the eggs from our birds; knowing how much they enjoy eating them and also need the nutrition back, we feed all the eggs back to the birds. Recently, we have taken in 2 new additions from a school hatching project. Lulu (aka Chickpea), Lizzy, Lady and Lexy are the best of friends. We recently built a new, roomier coop with much better roosting boards (which they love!). We hope to continue making upgrades to their home in the years to come. Our eldest birds are 5 years old, already having far outlived their sister laying hens used for food production. They are still full of life, energy and love. We look forward to many more joy filled years with them and their sisters.
Hen Haven Rescue is the recipient of a Microsanctuary Movement Seed Grant!