As more urban and suburban residents raise chickens for fresh eggs, animal shelters are seeing an increase in the number of chickens abandoned after their egg-laying days are over. "The numbers are exploding," said Mary Britton Clouse, who runs a rescue for poultry in Minneapolis. The birds may live at least a decade after egg production wanes, and owners may not be prepared for the time and cost necessary to provide feed, shelter and veterinary care.

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