VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — About 1,500 hens have been rescued from a California farm and are on their way to a sanctuary for farm animals.

Gary Smith, a spokesman for the animal sanctuary, said the chickens were taken Thursday morning from a farm in the Central Valley. The hens are between 1 and 2 years of age, and too old to be productive egg layers.

Volunteers with Animal Place in Vacaville will clean and rehabilitate the hens and get them ready for adoption.

Smith said hens make wonderful pets. They adapt quickly to life as regular, free-roaming hens. They still lay eggs, just not enough for egg farms.

Animal Place works with farms to take in older hens.

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