Jo & Beth

Jo & Beth

Sister hens Jo & Beth were abandoned in late Autumn 2012, without proper shelter. There had been 6 bantam hens originally, but 4 had disappeared, likely killed by dogs or other predators. This tragic outcome occurs when people purchase/adopt animals without providing proper shelter and the long-term commitment to the animals.  Beth was successfully rescued with a net in early December of that year, just as it was beginning to snow. Her sister Jo, however, being wary of humans, resisted rescue despite several attempts. In early March, after a cold, harsh winter, we returned to the area where Jo had been and were astonished to find that she had survived! A clever bird indeed, Jo found a thick spruce tree to nest in as protection from the winter weather. We returned at night (chickens do not see well in the dark) and rescued her from the tree. Jo immediately recognized her sister Beth, and they snuggled together on a perch their first night together. To this day they remain very close.