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! In the U.K., hens are so beloved that they are the 3rd most-popular pet; in the U.S., birds (including chickens) are the 5th most-popular.
- The number of unwanted chickens in animal shelters across the country has skyrocketed in recent years, and in some areas is on track to rival the number of homeless dogs and cats who are euthanized simply for lack of homes.
- When you adopt, what you see is what you get! Chicks bought at the feed store or hatcheries have a ten percent likelihood of maturing into roosters. Since roosters are banned in most suburban areas, people usually abandon them in parks or animal shelters, where most perish.
- For every female chick purchased from a hatchery, one male chick is ground up alive upon hatching because no one wants them.
- Adoption saves lives. In addition to the direct impact of saving adopted birds, there is an indirect impact: Decreasing the demand for store-bought chicks means fewer unwanted chicks (males) will be killed -- either immediately upon hatching or 4 months later when they start crowing.
- There are literally thousands of chickens -- hens and roosters alike --- available for adoption at any given time in California. Adopt A Bird Network has listings of chickens in shelters in every state, and many animal sanctuaries adopt out chickens to approved homes.
If you live in California and are interested in adopting, you can view some of our feathery friends in need below, then 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.