Media Feature on CNA News (15 November 2022)
As the popularity of backyard chicken farming continues to grow, so too does the problem of abandoned pet chickens. According to rescuers, there has been a 40% increase in neglected chickens in recent months, leading to overcrowding at sanctuaries and animal shelters.
The surge in abandoned chickens is partly due to a lack of understanding about the responsibilities of pet chicken ownership. Many people get chickens without realizing the time and effort required to care for them properly. Chickens need a secure enclosure to protect them from predators, a place to roost, and a source of food and water. They also produce a lot of noise, which can be a source of conflict with neighbors.
Another factor contributing to the abandonment of pet chickens is the misconception that they are a disposable source of eggs. While it is true that chickens can provide a steady supply of fresh eggs, they are still living animals with their own unique personalities and needs. They can live for several years and deserve to be treated with care and respect.
If you're considering getting chickens as pets, it's important to do your research and make sure you are prepared for the commitment. And if you're no longer able to care for your chickens, there are resources available to help you find them a new home rather than abandoning them.
For more on this growing problem, be sure to check out our media video feature on CNA News: "More pet chickens being abandoned, shelters running out of space." In the video, Chloe Choo reports on the increase in abandoned chickens and the efforts of rescuers to provide them with the care and attention they deserve.