I'm torn here!! UPDATE pg.5

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by birdlover, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    There is a "farm" down the street from me that is run by the county (Fairfax County, Va.) and I went by there yesterday to get a chicken fix since I recently gave my small flock away and am missing them. I live in suburbia and this "farm" is to allow children to experience what a farm is. They had lots of hens and two roosters but one of the roosters was in trouble. He is a darling, what appears to be, cochin/silkie cross with the cutest little pantaloons I've ever seen - a buff. Well, not only was the barred rock rooster chasing him all over but the poor thing was limping and his feet looked AWFUL!!! They were swollen and he had a black sore on top of each foot. I felt sooo sad for him and I went to tell the people that are in charge. They said they had had him separated for two weeks because the hens were beating him up and that they had just put him back in a few days ago. (The hens didn't seem to be paying attention to him but the roo sure was and, when they put new feed in the feeders, he never tried to approach the feeder. He acted like he was afraid to.) I told them his feet were in bad shape and he needed antibiotics but I think it went right over their head. They did say they were going to separate him again and I suggested they let him have a couple of girls in with him but they said he had to get better first. I offered to take him and they said they couldn't give a sick chicken to the public. I called the manager in charge of the animals today but had to leave a message and he never called me back. Sooo, I'm thinking of going over there tomorrow and checking things out and if it looks as if he's not getting the attention he needs, I'm seriously thinking about going back when the "farm" is closed and chicken-napping him. Does that sound absolutely crazy?? I just don't trust that these people really know about chickens. What do you think about all this???
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2008
  2. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Don't steal it.

    Offer to buy it, if all else fails.

  3. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    I would think it might be pretty hard to hide a rooster just down the street from where you stole it. Doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
  4. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    I wouldn't steal it or offer to buy it. I would go back and offer to take care of it there, once it is healthy it will probably be ok.
  5. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Daycare Mom is right......do a good thing and volunteer.
  6. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Have you heard back from the main guy yet? I would wait and talk to him, give them the benefit of the doubt you know. But if it turns out nothing is being done you could always write a letter to the paper, call the dreaded Peta or just liberate it [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2008
  7. holliewould

    holliewould Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Planet Earth
    I wouldn't just go stealin someones rooster. Roo is getting kicked around like roos do. They said they would separate him again. No worries. Sounds like typical big farm life ya know.
  8. krjwaj

    krjwaj Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    Apex, NC
    Can you bring some literature to prove yourself? Or like pp said, volunteer to take care of him. That's sad. But certainly not worth getting fined/jailed for if you get caught. GL
  9. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Songster

    May 17, 2008
    Long Island
    Being from the Northern Va area, you KNOW that political correctness is more important than anything else. If I were you, I would contact the County Supervisor, or some other Frfx Co honcho IF the farm manager doesn't contact you and explain that this is "cruelty". I bet you'll get some action that way. There has to be some agency that regulates the "farm".

    Good luck...I'd probably steal the rooster and end up in the Fairfax County jail located in Fairfax City...unless they've finally changed that weird situation. LOL.

  10. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    cownancy, I like how you think!!! [​IMG] That's exactly what I think I'll do - find out who is in charge and/or contact the County Supervisor. Thanks for the nudge!! I hate it when animals suffer because people are ignorant!!

    Coffeelady - It's not literally down street. I guess I exaggerated. It's about 5 minutes away by car. [​IMG]

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