Regier and a few other rescuers were saving chickens from a farm in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. It was clear to Regier that the naked little hen, later named Penny, had no future if they left her behind.
Next to her was what’s known as a jelly egg — an egg laid without a shell. “She was so calcium depleted from the intense egg production that her body didn’t have the calcium to produce a shell for the egg,” Regier said. “At a little more than a year old, she had reached the end of her useful life to the egg industry.”