Adopting Rescued Chickens

By Clucksworth12 · Jan 24, 2018 · ·
  1. Clucksworth12
    Most all of us here on BYC have chickens and those that don't are planning and learning to get some. But I will say this, and I only wish it had came to me before I started my flock years ago! Chickens are often something people see around Easter and think, "Oh, my son would love a cute little chick!" They buy the chick and it is all but to soon when it begins to grow, they no longer want it. The same things happens to old he's who have many years hopefully left, but just do not lay eggs anymore. Another scenario is when roosters get to high in numbers in the pen or backyard. These poor birds end up dumped on the roadside and left for predators.


    Luckily, there are good people who take in these chickens. In larger cities animal shelters often take in both chickens and ducks. So i urge you before you help hatcheries get rich, make sure there are no chickens that need a good home for little or no money at all. You can still do this even if you have an established flock though.

    While often shelters do not have chickens right at the moment you may want them, call and talk to the director and sign up to be alerted when poultry is brought in! I would love any tips from people who have done this!


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    This is a great idea. There are also loads of 'spent' hens from battery farms that also need saving.


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  1. BarredRockMom
    In addition to your local shelters, may I suggest contacting your local Animal Control to find out if there are any Farm Animal Sanctuaries in the area who take in animals neglected abandoned, abused & seized? These groups often take in the most amazing creatures, giving them a safe place to stay, rehabbing them if needed & adopting them out. But it's not as simple as showing up, forking over some $ & skipping off down the road.

    The goal is to place the animals in a forever home, with responsible keepers, in a safe & secure environment. They didn't come out of that kind of environment (thru no fault of their own) & the Sanctuaries will understandably want to be sure that the birds don't fall back into instability, ill health or harm's way.

    We adopted 7 of the most beautifully colored, sweetest hens from a place called Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ohio. The girls have been a wonderful addition to our family & we just love them madly. We provide a loving home & our adoption fees (nominal) go to a place that really helps animals who cannot help themselves & don't deserve to be in the tough spots that people put them into.

    And most places participate with the charitable arm of Amazon called Amazon, Smile as charitable donation recipients. Before my adoption experience, I was unaware that selecting a particular group as your designee would allow Amazon . Com to give them a small % of each on-line purchase I made, at no additional cost. Pretty cool.

    So yes, any time that you can help a hen or rooster who's already here, I am in favor of doing so. And the added bonus was that we didn't have to wait for our new darlings to start laying eggs! In fact, we got 2 on the ride home, lol.
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  2. Chullicken
    Sadly having been in this situation with abandoned roosters, I spent the better part of a Wednesday evening slowly stalking him until I was able to snatch him while roosting. It really infuriates me and I let everyone know on the town Facebook page what, why and how I felt about it and of course all the people with silkies calmly stated 'their's where securely locked away.' If it was a hen, the situation would be greatly different.

    Once the emotions subside and you realize you have a rooster and not able to take on another one as I rent a small house from my parents who live next door. They tolerate the one I do have but made it very clear no more roosters on the property. However much I wanted to keep him. I immediately started posting (With pictures) in all my poultry groups and rescue sites looking for a good home. I keep an active list of potential adopters at the ready. I contacted my friends who I know own chickens as well as the local Humane Society. Bless my neighbor who runs a hobby rescue for all things farm related. She couldn't take on another rooster as I had rehomed several with her before, but thankfully her husband said 'just bring him bye..whats one more rooster' with a smile. Its a very heartwarming feel good, to be honest.

    For all chicken owners big and small, if you keep them long enough you will eventually have a similar scenario. Always a good thing to plan out ahead. If you want to be an adopter let the Humane Society know and ensure they have your contact information. Post in your hobby and bird groups with your location so people know. Reverse that in case you are the one needing to rehome a bird. Find out who has chickens and has room, agricultural rescues in your state and area. (A lot of times these rescues will meet you to take the bird) A lot of times if I do rehome a chicken, I will also give them a 25 lb bag of feed and a small bag of treats just to let them know I'm thankful and reduce the burden on them. Even donations can make an amazing statement.

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