Broiler Rescue Programme
** UPDATE 21/12/16 We have now extended our rescue programme and given sanctuary to 5 turkeys this Christmas, click here to read more **
In March 2016 we rescued 13 broiler chickens that had been destined for the meat trade and would have been slaughtered after just 50 days of life. Every month thousands of birds are reared and have their lives cut short to enter the food chain, the ones that are left are those deemed not fit to go into the food chain but are slaughtered anyway. Whenever they are in the houses, there could be 14,000 birds in a house. A lot of them get dislocated legs, broken legs, and backs damaged, which is why we have some disabled birds.
Unfortunately from our original 13, we lost two right away – they just couldn’t hold on any longer.
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When the birds arrived with us, they were overweight and filthy as a result of the grim lives they had led in the intensive broiler chicken system. They were very heavy birds, you’d have thought they were weighted to the ground. Several had badly deformed beaks which meant they struggled to eat or drink and sadly they didn’t survive.
But now, thanks to their new free-range lifestyle, they have undergone a dramatic transformation and you can see them turning into beautiful white birds – they’re contented and happy in the knowledge that they are safe.
Can you help us with the costs of rescuing and caring for the birds now and in the future?
To pledge just 50p per week text CLUCK to 70660 to donate via text. (Texts cost £2 per month + standard SMS rate).
The first group was followed by another batch of 11, of which nine have become healthy birds which spend their time pottering about in their garden with their new friend Twinkle the cat.
It’s become a big thing for people to take on battery hens, but we are hoping people might show an interest in broilers and will maybe take them on as pets. We want to make them as popular as battery hens.
One of the things research told us is that they would have no personality. That’s not correct at all. Our birds are inquisitive and they learn quickly. Within a week, they had learned to jump off the side of the horse box [where they lived temporarily on arrival and follow you out to the garden (it’s their garden now!)
- You can help by offering a home to some of our birds – email us for more info via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Help cover the costs of rescuing and caring for the birds now and in the future by making a small donation towards their care –To pledge just 50p per week text CLUCK to 70660 to donate via text. (Texts cost £2 per month + standard SMS rate).
- Volunteer to spend time with the birds and help care for them – email email@example.com