Monday, 08 August 2011 17:32
Last Updated on Monday, 08 August 2011 17:42
Earlier this year, we were approached by a local chicken farmer who had over 500 chickens coming to the end of their commercial egg-laying life. The farmer is a great animal lover and could not bear to let his chickens go to slaughter, as normally happens in commercial egg production. So he enlisted the help of New Forest Franciscans to find homes for the chickens and save their lives.
Having rehomed a batch of over 300 chickens for another farmer at a similar time last year, we had a list of local people who have offered homes to rescue chickens in the past. So these lovely people were our first point of contact! We also placed adverts in the Lymington Times and opened a group on Facebook and set up a web site (http://www.newforestchickenrescue.org.uk).
Gradually, after many phone calls and emails, the little grey book of chicken homes filled up and, with God's help, we managed to find enough homes for all of the chickens.
It was confirmed to us this week that, in total, we saved 526 chickens. The farmer was delighted that all of his chickens lived and were able to move on to family homes. New Forest Franciscans are giving much thanks to God for his quietly guiding hand and mercy on all his beautiful creatures.