The chickens kept by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are thought to be rescue birds that were facing death at a factory farm.
Diane Dietreich, who runs Greener Pastures Farm Sanctuary in Arroyo Grande, California, said the hens are usually gassed once they pass their egg-laying peak.
The couple showed off the hens they rescued from a factory farm where hens are usually gassed once they pass their egg-laying peak
She said: ‘Factory farm chickens can be quite traumatised. We have to rehabilitate them until they can trust a human again.’
The Sussexes were shown on TV last week giving Oprah Winfrey a tour of a coop at their home in Montecito, with Meghan saying: ‘I just love rescuing.’
A plaque on the side of the hut reads 'Archie's Chick In. Established 2021'