Beaky was rescued from a religious ritual called Kapparot that takes place on the streets of Brooklyn every year. Kapparot is a customary Jewish atonement ritual practiced by some Jews on the eve of Yom Kippur. This is a practice in which a live chicken is waved over a person’s head and the chicken is then slaughtered in accordance with halachic rules.  Watch video footage.

Beaky was born on a factory farm destined to be slaughtered for meat but was purchased to be a victim of this ritual. Luckily, a chicken rescue group was able to save him along with many other chickens. Beaky along with four other flock mates made the long journey by van from New York to Salem, Indiana.

Beaky was just a chick when he arrived, though already quite large, he was still peeping as he was only about 8 weeks old. Chickens bred for meat like Beaky has been genetically modified to grow extremely large, extremely fast, therefore, suffer a slew of ailments of which usually affects their mobility. Chicken facts the industry doesn’t want you to know.