Would you report a true chicken hoarder if animals were suffering?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Wednesday

    Wednesday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2013
    Oviedo, FL
    I know we all make jokes on BYC about chicken math and how its an ever growing hobby. Many people can manage a large flock and keep their birds healthy and well cared for. What do you do when you know someone that has a serious hoarding problem? The inside of the house is beyond filthy and the coop and chickens are in terrible shape. Birds have Coryza and a ton of different RDS symptoms. The person continues to buy and hatch more chickens incessantly and keeps them in tightly packed, dirty cages and bins and sells and barters her birds even though she knows they are sick. She does not have money to care for the birds she has and won't stop acquiring more. Initially, I tried helping by buying medicine and food and hay for her because I felt sorry for the birds and talking to her about how wrong it is to destroy someone else's flock with sick birds to no avail. Before I knew better, the sick birds I tried to rescue from her destroyed the health of my first flock.

    The state was already called by a medical clinic for a family member under her care due to concerns regarding neglect and sanitation. The neighbors have called animal control on her but animal control seemed unconcerned with the chickens and mostly took cats and dogs. What do you do in a sad situation like this?
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2013
  2. DavidKerk

    DavidKerk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2013
    Well, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I would continue to call the nearest humane society, ASPCA, or animal control. Maybe you could call a different animal control than the one that has already been there. I hope this helps!
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Perhaps you could go to your town office. If the conditions are as bad as you describe, her yard is most likely a neighborhood nuisance due to poor sanitation, perhaps attracting rats etc.
  4. Wednesday

    Wednesday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2013
    Oviedo, FL
    Property is zoned agricultural so you are pretty
    much free to make it into a big dump. I just feel
    really badly for the birds and don't see a good solution. I
    also hate to call on a very nice, albeit, mentally ill person.
  5. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    Not sure about the laws in each state/city, but I knew a guy who had to do time in jail for his yard/property being so dirty. He refused to clean it up. His was farm land. Zoned for agriculture. Like I said, could be different where you live, but it may be worth a phone call.
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Call animal control. Call the county commissioner for her area. Call public health/heath dept. Do you have anything like code enforcement?

    Folks like this are just very hard to deal with, and many agencies just don't want to take the time.
  7. Wednesday

    Wednesday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2013
    Oviedo, FL
    So far all good advice. I really wish there was a way
    to help without kicking her when she's down. She's
    a nice lady and I feel terribly about whole sad situation. I don't think
    you can cure a hoarder and everyone is suffering.
    Never buy birds from someone you don't check out thoroughly.

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