One of my good friends is very involved with Farm Sanctuary in Northern California. She regularly helps with their chicken rescues, even to the point of sleeping overnight in their barn with them. She also adopts some herself and has a very large backyard coop (the size of my apartment!) and cares for them. She has been asking me if I want to help out at a rescue for about a year now, but every weekend they have them I seem to have something else going on. I finally made my way out a few weekends ago and am so glad I did.
The rescues are set up over a few weekends. The weekend I went, we were doing boosters on the chickens. It means they have already been treated for lice and parasites, but are getting another dose. That meant picking up the chickens and gently, but quickly passing them on to a volunteer to dose them with medicine. Chickens do not want to be picked up. Like at all. It was tough, but rewarding. We also helped muck out the barns, strangely enough I preferred it as I didn’t have to chase and pick things up. It was grosser, but easier.
We also got to meet some of the other residents.
It was tough work, but a really rewarding experience.
Have you ever visited or helped out at an animal sanctuary?