Sadie Sadie’s Story Sadie is a lovely cornish cross hen who was rescued in October of 2014, with a group of other chickens. As we do every year, Woodstock Sanctuary welcomed a flock of very lucky birds who were rescued or discarded during and after the NYC Kapparot ceremonies. Kapparot (also spelled Kaparos, meaning “atonements”) is a custom in which the sins of a person are symbolically transferred to a young rooster or hen. It is practiced by some Jews shortly before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is not widely observed, but can most commonly be seen in ultra-orthodox communities where the ceremony is held on public streets. Sadie (and her friends) arrived dehydrated, weak and hungry. She was in much better shape than some of her friends, who were suffering from protruding bones sticking out of their wings, broken bones, open sores, smashed toes that required amputation (from crates stacked on top of one another), and other injuries. Now Sadie and her friends can live out their lives happily here at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary!