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About 500, 1-year-old chickens were transported to a Vacaville animal rescue Friday in the hope they'll be adopted and live long lives.

The hens were saved from an egg-laying farm where they faced death after their production slowed, according to Animal Place spokesperson Gary Smith. Friday, they were freed from tiny cages for the first time.

Animal Place veterinarians will examine the birds and in about month's time, they should be ready for adoption, Smith said.

The Vacaville rescue has taken into more than 13,000 egg-production hens in the last three years, according to Smith. Most have been adopted as pets by families on the West Coast, he said.

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