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Meet the BIRDS

Jimmy


Jimmy is our handsome ‘larger-than-life’ rooster who was abandoned in a rabbit cage in front of a feed store with a sign on it “Free to a good home.” We had been on the farm a couple of months and went to town one day to start looking at pick-ups but we came home with a rooster! Jimmy was only about 6 months old when he was rescued. He was a friendly and confident little guy who has grown up to be the ruler-of-the roost! These days, he freely roams our property, protecting his little flock of hens and keeping us on our toes. Jimmy is also quite the ‘ladies man’ as he can be caught giving food to his hens and will wait until they eat first. Roosters are seen as by-products and waste in the commercial egg industry and are ‘culled’ (aka slaughtered) immediately after birth. They are also troubling or considered as a nuisance by back-yard chicken farmers who often end up with male baby chicks, which then have to be rehomed or disposed of in some way. Unfortunately, the vast majority of roosters will end up being slaughtered. 


Jacqueline, Judith & Juliana 

These 3 lovely ‘back-yard’ hens were kindly rehomed to us in June 2021 as their owner did not want them to be slaughtered. Unlike Josephine and Jenoveve, they were in good health when they came to us and also quickly made friends with Josephine and Jimmy. They too, are free to roam our property and be truly free range. They will also never be used for their eggs. Although they continue to lay eggs, as a vegan farm sanctuary, we give the eggs back to the birds to eat (including the wild birds, especially the crow family who also call this place home).  

Josephine

Josephine and Jenoveve were two of about 100 hens that were rescued from a so-called free-range chicken farm in the fall of 2020. As Jimmy definitely needed hen friends of his own, we cautiously decided to start small by only taking 2 hens given that we didn`t know how the 3 free-range peafowl would treat them. Fortunately, these two sweet, smart, and friendly hens settled in quickly and Jimmy was on cloud-nine with his new ladies! Over the next while, the hens grew more feathers back and gained weight and could finally be truly free-range to spend their days foraging, taking dust baths, basking in the sun, and raiding our garden. 

However, it is common for laying hens, who have been bred for egg production to be at risk for various reproductive diseases, such as ovarian cancer. But most never get to live long enough to die naturally and are culled (slaughtered) as soon as their egg production begins to drop.

We are thankful that Josephine has continued to flourish and her health has been good, although she does have a deformed peak, which suggests that she was in a cage for at least some of her life. She is super-friendly, loves to give little pecks, and will even jump on your lap!   

 

Jenoveve (In Loving Memory)

Josephine and Jenoveve were two of about 100 hens that were rescued from a so-called free-range chicken farm in the fall of 2020. As Jimmy definitely needed hen friends of his own, we cautiously decided to start small by only taking 2 hens given that we didn`t know how the 3 free-range peafowl would treat them. Fortunately, these two sweet, smart, and friendly hens settled in quickly and Jimmy was on cloud-nine with his new ladies! Over the next while, the hens grew more feathers back and gained weight and could finally be truly free-range to spend their days foraging, taking dust baths, basking in the sun, and raiding our garden. 

However, it is common for laying hens, who have been bred for egg production to be at risk for various reproductive diseases, such as ovarian cancer. But most never get to live long enough to die naturally and are culled (slaughtered) as soon as their egg production begins to drop.

Unfortunately, Jenoveve’s health suddenly declined in May 2021 and she unexpectedly passed away her in sleep.

Elvis, Prince & Priscilla

Our peafowl family – the peacocks (Elvis and Prince) and peahen (Priscilla) actually came with the property as the previous owners asked the founder of the farm sanctuary if they could remain on the farm as it would have been very difficult to safely relocate them to a new home. Although strikingly beautiful, peacocks (male peafowl) are also territorial and make a lot of noise, especially during mating season. Due to their uncertain fate if rehomed elsewhere, they were welcomed into the sanctuary. They continue to be able to roam the property and also have a specially made ‘peacock house’ that the previous owners made for them but most of the time they perch on the top of the house at night. They have also become the guardians of the property and will vocally let us know if something is wrong. Although they can be more aloof when visitors come (especially small children), they do sometimes make a mesmerizing appearance with their vibrant coloured feathers and plumage. 

Eden’s Way Farm Sanctuary

edenswayfarmsanctuary@gmail.com

Located approximately 30 minutes east of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

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