Being dumped in the wrong place was to prove fortuitous, for it was at exactly the right time for two sweet ISA Brown hens. Found by wildlife rescuers next to the box that had ferried them there, Henifer Lopez and Lindsay Lohen’s feathery future got a whole lot brighter.
Which is something, dare we say, as rare as hen’s teeth indeed! As egg-laying birds, the lot of ISA Browns rarely ends well. Few live beyond their 18 months of pitiful existence, compared to the long lives – up to ten years – of their wild cousins. And those who somehow miraculously beat the odds often succumb to a kaleidoscope of health issues imposed upon them because of their unnatural, human-induced, almost-daily egg-laying.
Calcium-depleted bodies, compromised reproductive systems and respiratory issues are just some of the maladies these birds and their loving carers face. Yet face them those carers do, giving these gentle, intelligent and gloriously inquisitive animals the best of lives possible.
One of the first measures carers of ISA Brown hens often take to ease over-burdened bodies is a Suprelorin injection to suppress the genetically imposed 25-hourly urge to produce an egg. This gives the birds a chance for their tiny bodies to take a bit of a breather and recover.
And it would seem that modern day egg-production has not only changed chickens, but so too their place in the world. No longer looming large in the forests of Asia where their will was their own, chickens have become caged in more ways than one. Subservient to the wants and needs of humans, and compartmentalised by unjust animal “protection” laws, not only have these gentle animals lost much, but so too have we humans.
For we have lost the connection with a wondrous little being who can inspire us in so many thoughtful ways. One only has to watch them diligently scratch about in the soil, or dart across the yard in wild pursuit of happiness or a flying bug, to understand that the exact place in the world for these feathered wonders is one’s heart.
Blending tragedy with hope comes Nepal, a sweet little Merino lamb, born one of triplets, who sadly became separated from his family.
While logic tells us he did not fall from the sky, he might as well have, for from where he has come, we cannot ascertain. It is as if he is nobody’s cat. And here now, he most certainly is.
Few things in life tug more at the heartstrings than when you see the life draining out of the eyes of an animal. And when that animal is but a youngster, the tug becomes an all-consuming wrench.
Found wandering on a highway that homed no sheep, it is believed that dear Jump did just that.
They have been declared the comedians of the barnyard (goats, that is) and proving this statement is not a work of fiction come Frick, Frack and Applejack.
It was the message we prayed we would never have to send – well, not for many a year anyway – to our team.
As a young first-time mum, having barely hit puberty, Margaret found herself in the direst of situations. Recently having given birth, and suffering a life-threatening prolapse, she did not know what to do.
Meet Annie Yokely and Mary Poopins! A community Facebook post was to prove the lifeline for two plucky and adventurous hens. It, too, was to prove just how maligned, disregarded and poorly protected their kind is.