Media Feature on Singapore Kindness Movement (The Pride) (Nov 2020)
Checkout our feature with Chicken Adoption Rescue Singapore (CARSG) on The Pride (Singapore Kindness Movement) here!
Noel and Simon was featured.
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Chicken Adoption Rescue Singapore: Ornamental chickens are enjoyable pets
When it comes to chickens, most of us would only think of them as food, but for engineering systems design student, Noel Tan, 22, his journey as a pet chicken owner began after he became enamoured with his friend’s baby chicks.
He now owns 10 chickens. And after meeting like-minded chicken enthusiasts on Facebook group Backyard Chickens Singapore, he founded Chicken Adoption Rescue Singapore (CARsg), with Simon Ong, 55, a businessman in the construction industry.
The group, set up in June, is the first of its kind in Singapore. The eight team members have different roles, such as building and maintaining the coop on a farm plot in Pasir Ris, caring for the chickens, and running the group’s Facebook page.
As the law only allows rearing up to 10 chickens on a private property, the group has had to reject chickens from people desperate to release their pets.
The group generally rescues ornamental birds, like Silkies and Polish chickens.
“We don’t actively go out and look for wild chickens – jungle fowl have no problem surviving. It’s the domestic breeds that can’t survive in the wild, and need rescuing,” Noel laughs.
He explains that these pets often get abandoned or surrendered after their owners, who first got the birds as cute chicks, realise that chickens can get quite noisy when fully grown.
He has come across abuse cases. In September, the team was alerted to a Polish chicken abandoned in Pasir Ris Park with its legs tied up with raffia string. CARsg, which has rehomed 56 chickens successfully so far, rehabilitated the lost bird and found a new home for it.
Contrary to what you may expect, there is a demand for these rare pets and new homes are often found quite quickly, says Noel. Potential adopters are screened and the team requires them to supply photos of the home environment.
Chickens can only be kept on landed property and must have a cage or a coop as the authorities do not allow free-roaming pet chickens. No adoption fees are charged.
Simon, who owns 13 chickens across three locations, says: “Different breeds have different temperaments. Chickens are smarter than you would expect, and can be docile like a cat or dog. They can become attached to their owners too.”
And in case you’re wondering whether CARsg members are vegetarian, Noel says that meat (and chicken!) remains part of their diet. “No one has stopped eating chickens though some of us refrain from eating the eggs that have been laid at home!”