THIS coop will be more than just a coop.
- Allow chickens rescued from abuse and neglect a chance to live in peace with more love than they would ever have known existed!
- Feature a mural on Intersectional and Animal Rights themes by Harriet Faith, animal rights activist and local artist! So that all who see it will be able to contemplate the inter-connectedness of social justice movements and how humans, animals and the environment are entwined in the struggle for freedom from oppression.
- It will become the central focus point for our first regular Institute offerings: "Chicken Meditations" and "Music for the Chickens" gatherings. Observation time is CRUCIAL to giving high quality animal care. Many species of non-human friends will hide illness to the best of their ability as an evolutionary protection against showing weakness that might expose them to predation. Time devoted to observing and contemplating the birds helps us get to know them as individuals, keeps them safe while they are free-ranging, and also helps us potentially spot subtle behavioral changes that can indicate illness at its earliest onset. Caring for the animals as part of a meditative practice - especially the most vulnerable - gives us the chance to tap into deeper wellsprings of unconditional love and a greater understanding of all beings.
build a COOP PROJECT!
Having practiced what we do on a smaller scale for several years, at home and working for several large rescue organizations, we are ready to begin to expand incrementally! We need to be able to offer haven to more. We receive many calls about birds in need, but do not currently have the housing. Our beloved Feather Gang is very special needs and cared for in "The Chicken Hotel" (room) of our home. We have a really big yard and everyone has plenty of outdoor space during the day, but the Chicken Hotel is unfortunately full. The good news is: we are in a secure location where we can finally build our first coop and take in more rescues!
We are starting to envision and plan the COOP and predator-proof "run". Chickens are extremely vulnerable and can only free-range when supervised, much as we would love for them to run loose all day. They have sadly been over-domesticated by humans and have few of their ancestor's defenses against predators. A run keeps them safe from the likes of hawks and raccoons, but allows them to still have outdoor access and sun, light, grass and earth on days when we humans are at work earning chicken feed for them! The trick is to build a run big enough so they don't feel like they are in Chicken Detention; most commercially sold "backyard bird" houses/runs are incredibly insufficient and even cruel in the space they afford birds to spend hours of their day.
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