Hens and Roosters
Elvis is our huge handsome rooster. He was dumped in a park with another rooster. This happens quite often to roosters when they don’t turn out to be hens. The other rooster found a home with the rescuer. Elvis came here because he needed long term medical care for infected feet. He is a very sweet and docile rooster. He lets us hold and pet him.
Before he had hens to watch over, Elvis would crow morning until night, and even in the middle of the night. He was so lonely. Now that he has hens, he only crows in the morning. He is a very good rooster. He does his job well. He keeps a constant eye on his girls and offers them tasty treats when he finds them. If a hen call out in distress he runs to her rescue. The girls have become comfortable flying over the fences into the pig field and Elvis is not happy about it. Elvis runs back and forth along the fence continually calling them back over. They don’t listen. They only come back when they feel like it. We love to observe their behaviours and listen to them communicate.
You will recognize Elvis right away when you come to the sanctuary!
Lucy and EtheL
Lucy and Ethel are two Rhode Island Red Hens. They are always together. They came to the sanctuary along with four other young hens. All bound for slaughter.
They have distinctive personalities. Lucy is very friendly and likes to follow humans around. She isn’t shy about begging for food. Ethel is more reserved and wary.
It is hard a first glance to tell the difference between the two. Ethel has a larger comb than Ether. Ethel has black feathers in her tail.
We thouroughly enjoy their curiosity and antics. You will see them scratching for insects and seeds around the farm.
Hens generally live approximately five years. Factory farm layer hens live less than a year due to a variety of nutritional defiencies, and health related problems due to overcrowding and hyper egg-production.
Olive is a breed of Old English Game Fowl. These hens are usually bred for fighting roosters, and extra hens are a “waste product”. Cock fighting is illegal in all of the 50 states, but legal is some countries. Illegal cock fighting is a huge problem around the world, and the breeding and selling of fighting roosters is a booming business.
Olive is a shy, sweet hen. She comes running when you call her. She was very ill with a respiratory infection when she came to the sanctuary and almost didn’t make it. With antibiotics she recovered. She is healthy and happy now. She is friends with Lucy and Ethel. You will see them wandering the grounds together.
Olive is recognizable through her light “bald” face, grey legs, and lighter chest feathers. We started out calling her “Baldy” but decided “Olive” was more flattering.
Irma is also a breed of Old World Game Fowl. Roosters of these breeds are usually raised to for fighting. Rooster or Cock fighting is very violent. Fighting roosters will cause serious injuries to other roosters, and ultimately death. People place bets on which rooster will win the fight. It is very sad to use animals for fighting!
We are very lucky because Irma, being a fighting breed hen, would have been killed for food. She is very timid around us, but she is also curious about us. She will come running if she thinks you have a treat for her.
She is friends with all the other hens. She lays her eggs in Onyx’s hut in the morning after she leaves the coop. She lays an egg every day! We feed our chickens back their eggs because they need the nutrients to live a long and healthy life.
You can recognize Irma by her red colored face, and deep rust colored neck feathers. She is very slender and has bright yellow legs.
Olga and Helga
Olga and Helga are Old World Game Fowl hens. They are another type of hen bred for fighting roosters. They came from the same place as the other hens, we suspect it was a breeding farm for fighting roosters.
They are very shy and timid hens with humans, but are very bossy to the other hens. The stay close to Elvis, the rooster, most of the time. They snuggle up next to him in the coop at night.
Olga and Helga are always together. It is very hard to tell them apart from eachother. We don’t always know at first glance. Helga is a little larger and darker than Olga. They both have grey legs.
We enjoy watching all the chickens and their antics around the sanctuary.