This first quarter of 2017 has been absolutely crazy with events and illness and rescues! So much news to catch up on, each deserving of their own post!
A local friend reached out to us, because a co-worker of his came across some stray chickens in a Taco Bell parking lot. She was worried for their safety and wanted to find them homes. Having no previous experience with chickens, she was referred to us. She did some of the leg work in advance, and spoke with the mobile home park manager and found out they had complained and wanted them gone. Residents had even begun to abuse the strays and we observed physical signs of this while on the property. We set up a time to go out and capture them, thinking we would just assist in the catch and were told homes had already been lined up.
On this block in Tacoma, small businesses line the main road to the west, a mobile home park borders the street to the east, and this Food Bank occupies the large center portion of this area.
On March24th, the group of us met around 5pm in the rain, to capture as many as we could. We started with the two in the parking lot of the Taco Bell. They were relatively easy to catch because they stayed along the fence line. We were approached by someone from the Food Bank property, claiming they were his and were not to be taken. Shannon was able to calm the gentleman down, letting him know that the birds would be going to safety and provided clean water, food, and necessary medical care. When we showed him our business card, he realized we were legit, and he agreed to let us take as many as we could catch.
We spent probably 3 hours, the six of us, climbing trees, fences, and dodging broken glass and other debris to make this capture. That night we were able to save 7, 4 roosters and 3 hens, before nightfall. We were assured that the home that was chosen was one that would be safe, and cared for, had lots of space and that they were wanted. Not having the capacity to house all 7 ourselves, we allowed 4 to go to this home in Graham, and 3 came home with us.
We went back on March 29th for the rest, and we were able to capture 3 more hens. Meanwhile, that loving home in Graham, was having trouble with the roosters fighting. We gave them ideas and suggestions to help, but they ended up bringing Taco and Belle back that night. The following day, we drove 1 rooster and 3 hens to their forever home in Winlock, and we kept another hen, to even out our foursome. We did not allow the people in Graham to take any more hens to exploit. She wasn't very happy with us, but we have to do what's best for the chickens. There are still 2 roosters and 1 hen with her 3 babies on the Food Bank property, that the owner says he wants to keep. If the complaints from the neighbors end, this will be allowed. But animal control was involved, and we spoke with them a couple of times throughout this process. The property owner is doing the best that he can for them, but our hope is that he calls us back for the rest. For now, they are safe in quarantine with bellies full of organic feed.