Hens and roosters of all different sizes, colors and personalities are looking for great homes
There are many reasons to adopt a rescued chicken:
Chickens make great companions! More than 1% of all U.S. households already include chicken companions, and the USDA estimates that by 2019 urban chicken flocks will increase by 400%.
Hens like Florence need you to open your heart and your home to them.
As the number of families with pet chickens has risen, so has the number of chickens in animal shelters. Just as with dogs and cats, many of these happy, healthy birds will be euthanized simply for lack of homes.
What you see is what you get! Adopting an adult hen eliminates the possibility (estimated by hatcheries as 10 percent) that you’ll end up with a rooster in your flock of purchased chicks. While roosters are wonderful flock guardians, they are banned by many local ordinances.
Adoption saves not only the life of the bird adopted, but it also saves the lives of chicks at the hatchery. How? For every female chick hatched by and purchased from a hatchery, one male chick was hatched and ground up alive because there is no market for urban roosters.
There are literally thousands of chickens -- both hens and roosters -- available for adoption at any given time in California. Adopt A Bird Network is a nationwide service that lists chickens waiting in animals shelters in major cities in every state. Many farmed animal sanctuaries across the country also adopt out chickens.
If you live in California and are interested in adopting, we’d love to hear from you! Our adoption gallery contains and tiny smattering of available birds. Most of our hens-in-need are refugees from egg factories and almost all of our beautiful roosters were abandoned by people who purchased them as chicks and didn’t plan for a rooster.
If you think you can open your heart and your home to a feathery friend (or two!) , please fill out our online adoption application and one of our Adoption Coordinators will contact you! If you don't live in California and still want to adopt, please contact us and we will try to locate a resource in your area.