What to do with birds you don’t want
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.