1,200 Northern California chickens are heading for a cozy retirement on the East Coast.

Laying hens are considered too lean to eat and are usually slaughtered after they stop providing eggs.

According to The Associated Press, an anonymous $50,000 donation is funding Operation Chicken Airlift, which will send the hens on a cross-country cargo flight to upstate New York. There, they will be taken to different sanctuaries, where they will live outside of cages and have plenty of room to spread their wings.