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How do we decide which animals are family and which are food? Why are we surprised to see a rooster gazing out the kitchen window or a hen studying herself in the mirror? After all, chickens are present in many homes, as flesh and eggs, but not as individuals with personalities of their own.
In early 2017, photographer Janet Holmes met a hen suffering from reproductive illness at the Wild Bird Fund in New York City, where she volunteered as a caregiver. During her search to find a permanent home for the hen, Holmes discovered a network of people (primarily women) who turn their homes into sanctuaries for rescued chickens. Her portraits of the chickens and their rescuers honor both the birds who had suffered so much before their rescue and the people who invested so much love, time, and money caring for them.
Janet Holmes: “I have always loved animals, but for many years I was afraid to get involved with rescuing them because I couldn’t face the heartbreak. I was almost fifty when I...