Space permitting.....Space permitting.....
We accept or rescue unwanted roosters, and place to new homes.
Any roosters (or any birds) brought to property have to be placed in quarantine pens for the safety of our flock of pet turkeys and chickens.
I added an extra page dedicated to the rooster rescue success stories!
With the ever increasing popularity of back yard chickens-there is the occasion of a noisy rooster to be included in the chicks from feed store or local producer.
In many communities the roosters are illegal and a pain to the neighbors.
Consequently there is often is a need for placement to new homes.
And we do not mind the extra noise.
Rooster and Tom turkey
Cry Havoc! (Quote in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar)
I think the quote fits perfect for the multitudes of hatred from the neighbors when the noisy rooster disturbs the peace. And so the need for a rooster rescue.
Rescue Rooster looking for a new home
Birds are accepted and re-homed at No cost.
(we are not a business, just hobbyists)
This "Naked Neck" Rooster "Just showed up"
We do not know if he self recued from a barbecue or if his owners just dumped him on us.
Of course he also broke our quarantine rules because we did not even know he was in our flock.
When accepting any new rooster: The real problem is space.
We only have so much quarantine space and consequently we can only take in a few roosters at a time. After quarantine, all birds are then free ranged during the day, & in a coop at night. -Except for the chickens that want to roost in the trees. I shut the door after dark. So it is the birds choice for night perching.
Barred Rock Rooster and turkey hen "having words"
Pretty Bantam brought to us by tearful owners.
One of two brothers brought to us during the COVID Pandemic
This fellow had been caged all is life.
I think this was his first dust bathe. I felt sorry for him knowing how much turkeys and chickens enjoy their 'Dusting'
Since the COVID Pandemic, I have had to turn away over 340 roosters.
Before COVID the request to rehome roosters was steady 10 a year.
After COVID, suddenly more people wanted hens, but the real disaster that I could see, was the hatcheries stopped sexing the baby birds and suddenly that was a pandemic of roosters.
Before COVID we would drive to areas where people dumped roosters and try to catch them (our firs and second roosters ever were birds we got off the interstate)
My point, when we have room, we take roosters. However sometimes, I have to say no.
I do have a feed store contact, that I send the name and number who will, when they have room, will take in roosters and re-home. However when they are out of room, they have to say no also.
I wasn't sure if I have used this photo.
It is a favorite, of our favorite turkey hen Lilac who moved on to turkey heaven after eight years of affection.
Warning about mixing Chickens and Turkeys!
So we do not have any health problems with our mixed fowl flock.
However you cannot hardly escape the internet without the warning "Do NOT to let Turkeys and Chickens mingle" because of the disease known as Blackhead.
(Histomonas Meleagridis)) is caused by a protozoan parasite that lives in the cecal worm and can infect both chickens and turkeys-but turkeys will perish from liver damage while chicken are more hardy in regard to this parasite.
The internet "image" search of cecal worms in chickens is rather horrifying.
If you free range your Turkeys and chickens together (as we do) Blackhead Disease can show up at any time and decimate your turkeys.
So far we have used Wazine to control the roundworm carrier of blackhead, Heterakis Gallinarium. but I really do not know if we are just lucky because we have never had any problems.
We have recently began adding acidified copper sulfate to the drinking water as a blackhead preventative. (Just trying to be proactive to keep everything healthy)
We encourage and enjoy mixed flocks.
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