Chickens kept by Harry and Meghan are rescue birds that were 'saved from death row at factory farm' 

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Chickens kept by Harry and Meghan at their California mansion are rescue birds that were 'saved from death row at factory farm'

Chickens kept by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex thought to be rescue birdsHens from their previous home usually gassed once they pass egg-laying age Meghan Markle said 'I just love rescuing' in Oprah interview earlier this week 

By Mail on Sunday Reporter

Published: 22:41 GMT, 13 March 2021 | Updated: 22:42 GMT, 13 March 2021

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'

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