Broom Hilda, along with 4 other ex-battery hens, came to us through Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary's annual rescue initiative that places chickens from a local high-production egg farm into loving forever homes.
Arriving at Lily’s Place Animal Sanctuary the same day she was released from the egg farm in September 2019, Broom Hilda experienced grass and sunshine for the first time in her life. She was approximately 18 months old at the time and had a lot of missing feathers, wounds on her comb and body, and weak legs (all sadly commonplace when coming from a factory farm).
Broom Hilda, or "Broomie" as Tim affectionately calls her, was one of the "big birds" when she arrived in our care.
Her feathers grow back the fastest, perhaps thanks to a little bit of magic (for those who know who are old enough to know who the original Broom Hilda is).
The first winter she was with us, Broom Hilda spent time in the house as she needed some extra TLC after the nightmare she had lived through during the first 18 months of her life. She and Sunny hung out together inside, eating strawberries and coming to know what sanctuary life is all about!
Broom Hilda has an extra-long bottom beak which doesn't keep her from doing normal chicken things, but she does eat a little bit differently than the rest of the flock.