What to do with birds you don’t want

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Your Poultry -

You’ll of­ten see groups of roost­ers dumped in parks or along road­sides. Peo­ple dump roost­ers be­cause they can’t face hu­manely culling birds they no longer want, and think let­ting them go into ‘ the wild’ gives them a life.

How­ever, it is a breach of the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act to aban­don an an­i­mal in this man­ner.

It might ap­pear that th­ese birds are ok, but vol­un­teer groups around NZ who help dumped poul­try find this isn’t the case.

Dumped birds suf­fer, then die, usu­ally in pain. They strug­gle to find food. They are plagued with mites and par­a­sites, and are easy prey for preda­tors like dogs, cats, fer­rets and stoats. They are of­ten found with in­fected wounds, or old healed in­juries, pos­si­bly in­flicted in dom­i­nance fights that take place ev­ery time a new bird or birds is dumped.

What you don’t see when you drive past, are the birds dy­ing or dead in the un­der­growth.

If you can’t face culling a bird, or want to try and re­home one, search for the Nz-based groups on Face­book which can of­fer you ad­vice and as­sis­tance. Th­ese in­clude: • Un­wanted Poul­try Manawatu • Rooster Re­hom­ing NZ • Free As A Bird Bat­tery Hen and Poul­try Res­cue

Also try your lo­cal poul­try club: www.nzpoul­tryas­so­ci­a­tion­sinc.co.nz

This leg has been bro­ken at some point, then healed.

A rooster suf­fer­ing from an eye wound.

A comb, ripped in a fight.

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