and What About Those Chickens!?!

Chicken rescue time-Wonder if there is an application process-or maybe you have to agree not to eat them -Seriously-It’s the chicken round up as owners go out of business due to the increasing cage regulations that farmers can not meet driving the price of eggs sky high-Just in case you hadn’t noticed…And who is behind all these new cage regulations?!? Why HSUS of course…Was there any reason to ask?!?

Please stop donating to Animal Rights Extremist organizations if you don’t support their legislature goals-They don’t help animals-Certainly not the farmers…just ask the farmers!!! -already a dying breed. They want to end all animal usage…It’s not about helping any animal and is about creating unacceptable laws and regulations driving the price of dairy and meat market prices thru the roof…It’s certainly no longer (as if it ever was) just about Rover anymore…

So these chicken are for sale and the money going to this Humane Society-What happened to taking them to an auction?!? 1,800 chickens at $10.00 each is some take for the humane society-That’s a heck of a lot of chicken shit right there…

Rescued hens roost at Sonoma Humane Society

[bloggers note: Those are dog kennels -well that’s what they call them while we call them pet kennels-Do as I say and not as I do…Wondering if there’s a perch in those cages…]

A truckful of leghorn hens recently arrived at the Sonoma Humane Society’s Forget Me Not Farm, the latest effort by the nonprofit organization to help find homes for chickens rescued from large egg farms around the state.

“The goal is to move these birds (into homes) as quickly as possible,” said Carol Rathmann, director of Forget Me Not Farm.

As she spoke last week, about 40 of the newly-arrived white hens pecked the straw and scratched the sun-warmed dirt in their roomy enclosure at the 3-acre farm, located behind the Sonoma Humane Society headquarters off Highway 12.

The chickens were the first of what could be many avian deliveries in the coming weeks, following a Chico-area egg producer’s announcement that he plans to close by early April.

Volunteers are bringing the birds from Animal Place, a Grass Valley-based nonprofit organization that rescues farm animals.

Animal Place often takes thousands of birds from large egg farms that would otherwise kill them when their egg-laying productivity drops. Almost a decade ago, Forget Me Not Farm, which operates as a branch of the Sonoma Humane Society, became a “flock partner,” taking hens when Animal Place performed an especially large rescue.

Forget Me Not has received around 800 or 900 birds from the rescue over the years, Rathmann said.

Several months ago, Animal Place took more than 3,000 leghorn hens from a massive egg farm based in southern California.

Finding homes for that many birds is a “slow go,” said Kim Sturla, executive director of Animal Place.

She was still trying to adopt out about 300 birds when the Chico egg farmer reached out recently to say that he was going out of business and needed to find homes for his 1,800 brown hens by early April. After that, the birds would have to be slaughtered, Sturla said.

“We’re hoping we can rescue all 1,800, but it depends on how well we can get the word out,” she said.

Sturla reached out to Forget Me Not for help adopting the birds.

Once the leghorns that Rathmann receives are adopted, she’ll begin taking in brown hens from Chico in batches of 100 from the Grass Valley rescue.

The first 40 leghorns had all found homes by Sunday, Rathmann said. Another 40 are scheduled to arrive Tuesday.

The leghorns, Rathmann said, appear a little straggly. They were raised in battery cages where they were unable to walk and de-beaked so they could not hurt each other, she said. Despite these difficulties, the birds are healthy, have grown accustomed to being outside, and can still produce for many years, she said.

“These guys acclimated immediately,” she said.

The birds seemed unruffled Wednesday as a group of visiting preschoolers fed them and collected their white eggs.

“It’s the perfect time of year to add hens or start a flock,” Rathmann added.

The brown hens from Chico are younger, about a year old, and were raised in a free-range environment where they ate organic food.

Anyone interested in adopting a hen can call or visit the Sonoma Humane Society. The adoption cost is $10 per bird.

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned  -B

~ by topcatsroar on March 26, 2014.

3 Responses to “and What About Those Chickens!?!”

  1. Rescue Roosters! What a crock! Hope they get 10 acres of chickens to go on their 3 acre farm and also hope there are plenty of pics of those chickens scratching in and strutting through their own “urine and feces” , much less print up hoe they can not prevent what the previous owner did to these poor hens to make them shoot out those huge eggs from such a small opening of their feathered bodies….and every day, too….Those poor birds…and I Beth they are not even house broken at this age! Damn idiots!

  2. I find this disgusting! While I am not saying that the chickens do not deserve to have a life the whole idea behind this “rescue” is NOT abut saving the chickens but making money for the rescue that is taking them in. $10 a bird for an animal that needs no vet care and its food runs like $15 a 50# sack is a whole lot of scratch I agree with many comments that I have read elsewhere that the world as a whole would have been better served if the birds were butchered and fed to the homeless or given away in food baskets to needy families. Probably the same families that worked these farms and now out of a job and a paycheck. While the greedy rescues live off of donations ! Rescue welfare if you ask me. Because no rescue expects to pay the bills on their own they always want SOMEONE to donate to help for the feed and vet bills OR ELSE!

  3. No farmer is going to pay 10 bucks a bird. But they’ll make great pets. Just euthanize all the dogs and cats, and stock up the shelters with chickens. As a famous president once promised, “A chicken on every table”! -To join us all as pets, eating alongside us, NOT to BE eaten. We’ll all have chickens in the house (local ordinance limit, 3 pets) and we’ll all be chicken sheeples. Maybe they can be taught to use a litter box too…

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