Here is the information for the 52,000 lovely ladies looking for a home.
Information is as follows, with contact details and a facebook link for your perusal.
At the end of this month, 52,000 highlines are going to be culled for pet food. They are only 18 months old. We are trying to find homes for as many of these ladies as possible. A $10 flat fee applies - for as many chooks as you would like. This is to cover our costs of transporting them. Please message us with your details and how many chooks you were wanting to hom by the 31st of August. Pick up is from Garfield, Victoria on the 2nd of September. Lets house as many of these ladies as we can!!!!!
We can be contacted on 5629 1188 between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am - 1pm on Saturdays.http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gippsland-chook-rescue/142358122463290?ref=ts
(Facebook link for Gippsland Chook Rescue)
Luise Todd - Stage Management
0409 14 82 82
Am I eligible to be considered as a hen adopter? You're eligible if you:
- agree to give them a loving home, care for them and not kill them
- agree to house them in a secure enclosure at night, to protect them from foxes
- can pick them up yourself, or arrange transport, from Garfield, 45 min east of Melbourne.
When's the cut off date for offering a home? 30 August.
Are they still laying? Yes
What type and colour are they? Isa Brown, like this:http://snipurl.com/10qcsz
Why are they available? A factory farm operator is offering for the hens to be rehomed rather than killed. They're normally automatically killed when they're 14 - 18 months old. The rescuer knows someone who works at the factory farm. She's taking the number of hens she has guaranteed homes for from the transport truck. The rest of the 52,000 will die.
The factory farms details are not being disclosed.
Media interest in the rescue is starting to build and radio interviews are scheduled. Its hoped that other factory farms may consider doing this sort of thing, thereby enabling hens to live the rest of their lives as valued and lovingly cared for birds.
Are they healthy? Yes. Only healthy hens will be rehomed. A vet will be assessing the birds when they arrive at the rescuer's place. Ones who are sick will be staying at the rescuer's place.
When will they be available? Thursday 2 September. If you'd like them held until the weekend, you must say so when confirming that you'd like some.
What time on Thursday? A roster will be developed to reduce stress on the hens and so you don't have to wait too long. The rescuer will call you on 31 August and let you know the time.
Where do I pick them up from? Garfield, 45 mins east of Melbourne, on M1 Princes Freeway
Can you hold them till the weekend for me? Possibly. Make sure you ask when you talk to the rescuers.
Is delivery available? No, unless you can arrange it yourself.
What kind of cage do I need to take to pick them up in? A cardboard box with lid and straw or shredded paper in the bottom will be fine (one box per bird). Cat carriers would also be fine.
How much do they cost? You'll be asked to donate $10 (total), to go towards the cost of delivering them to the rescuer's place in Garfield.
I'd love to help these hens but don't know much about caring for them. Do you have any info? Yes. You'll be given info on caring for them.
OK! I'm ready to offer a loving home to some hens. What now? Please call the rescuers on 03 5629 1188 between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 1pm on Saturdays - they need some details from you. If the message bank is full or the line is engaged, please try again - they're getting lotsa calls. If you still can't get through, call 03 9438 5890.Details are on Facebook
, but they do need to speak with you and get some details.
***You can't request the hens via Facebook - you must call the rescuers***
Deadline for offering homes is 30 August.
The hens who haven't been offered a home will be killed.