We've been thinking about ways that we can help more animals. While our sanctuary is usually a Forever Home for animals in need, this puts a limit on the number of animals that we can help as we eventually run out of enclosure space to be able to bring in more.
We are being asked almost daily to take in chickens and often with the threat of them being killed if we say no, which is heartbreaking. Sadly, we have now reached our limit for chickens due to all enclosures now being full (and wanting to re-build these enclosures so that they are bigger and better). If we can find some loving Forever Homes for some of these chickens, it will once again give us the space to bring in the ones with nowhere else to go and save them from a terrible fate.
Our re-homing procedure will be thorough so that we can guarantee the best homes for these deserving animals.
At the moment these will be mostly Roosters rather than Hens. Roosters are most often the chickens that are thrown away - literally dumped, or simply culled. With hatching projects sadly becoming more and more popular and fertile eggs so easy to obtain, these unwanted birds are increasingly in need of good homes. We know that these homes will be harder for us to find, but if you think that you have room in your heart for one of these boys, keep an eye out for updates!
Roosters can be quite noisy, crowing loudly at the crack of dawn and throughout the day, which might annoy neighbours who aren't as keen on your pets as you (a big thank you to our neighbours who must hear our many boys calling throughout all hours of the day!).
If you live in a built-up area, please check with your local Council before taking in a Rooster as this may also be against their rules.
While there are some exceptions depending on enclosure size and the number of birds you have, roosters don't tend to get on with other roosters, especially when there are hens as well, and may fight with each other for dominance. Chickens are social birds and while we don't suggest that you keep them on their own, they will establish a "pecking order" but it is important to make sure that your group get on and there is no excessive bullying. That said, they are all individual and we have successfully housed some of our boys together here at the sanctuary.
It does still come as a surprise to some that as a male chicken, roosters will not lay eggs. If you are keeping chickens solely for their eggs, then a rooster is not for you - sadly this is one of the main reasons that these birds are so often cast aside! There is a lot more to chickens than eggs and these gorgeous birds can make wonderful pets. While temperament and personality will be different in all of them, we have known some very affectionate roosters. They are intelligent, sometimes playful, and can be a lot of fun to care for!
Please be aware that the chickens currently in our care have been rescued and we usually have little or no idea of their history before coming to the sanctuary and so we are not always sure about age and how well they have been kept before joining us.
As with all animals, it is crucial that you have a good understanding of chicken care and health. Undertaking the care of one of our rescued chickens is a huge responsibility, but you will be doing something amazing both for that animal and the others we can help thanks to you.
If you’d like to provide a home for one of the rescued chickens in our care, please fill in the form and answer a few questions to help us determine if you will be a good match for one or more of our boys. Prior experience of caring for chickens is preferable, but not essential - we all have to start somewhere. The Open Sanctuary Project has produced an excellent resource on keeping roosters: Maintaining a Healthy Rooster Flock which may be of interest to you.
We have a responsibility to ensure that these wonderful animals will be going to good permanent homes where they will be well cared for for the rest of their lives.
You can also use this form if you’re unsure of something and would like to make an enquiry before applying - we'll do our best to guide you through the whole process - but please only enquire if you are seriously considering re-homing a chicken!
Details of chickens looking for homes coming soon! We are currently unable to offer re-homing opportunities while we are in an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, but please feel free to fill out our Adoption Form or send us an email if you would be interested in offering a Forever Home to one of or more of our Roosters in the future.