Each year across rural regions retailers promote spring “chick days,” during which they sell assorted chicks, ducklings, and turkey poults in groups of six or more to anyone willing to pay a few dollars. The hatchlings are sourced from large scale hatcheries and shipped by the hundreds overnight via the U.S. Postal service at just a day old. Many arrive ill, injured, or deceased. One such retailer agreed to surrender some of the chicks to Lasa this year, calling us a total of five times. We were able to save four lives. QuiGon suffered from a condition known as splay leg in which she couldn’t stand to properly feed or remain hydrated and was being trampled in her weakened state. After some creative splinting, QuiGon is a happy and healthy hen. Though our chicks are different breeds, ages, and have different needs, they share a common story, and now a common home.