We are not a non-profit at this time; we are simply trying to support what we do with sales from this site and our day jobs. But if you like what is happening at The Institute and have any of these supplies, or an interest in seeing us grow our rescue capacity and vegan/arts advocacy, we are grateful for any and all good energy and support, and supremely thankful to feel a happy community building.
We can always use chicken feed, bedding and medical/care supplies! The easiest way to help us help them is a gift card to Tractor Supply in Kingston. We can get everything we need there to keep these guys healthy, safe and in tip-top shape. Some supplies we get regularly: Dumor Layer and Crumble varieties (containing no animal products), Dumor Scratch Grains, and once the coop is built: Straw and wood chips bedding.
We started off with an extremely special needs bird, so a room in our "human" home evolved to become the de-facto "Chicken Hotel." Up til now everyone has had a nesting night-time area there and then can be free ranging outside or in a small protective outdoor "run" during the day. But we get many calls about birds in need of rescue and homes and we need to - and are ready to - increase our capacity. Extremely special needs birds will always be cared for in our home, but for the able-bodied, we are starting to make plans and price out building a coop of our own or purchasing one that is predator proof and of quality. We are in a secure location and have a yard that could accommodate many more beings in need if done thoughtfully and planned carefully. We understand all aspects of chicken outdoor space including needing a predator proof run, "rotating" grassy areas and quarantine areas. You can learn more about the details and how this will be more than just a coop by clicking this button to get to the full project description page:
A BABY SCALE
Someone reading this might have a used one - that would be great! The most important way to monitor a bird while they are being treated for illness is by tracking their weight. Often when they are ill they will attempt to hide symptoms (a primal response to wanting to keep up with the flock and not attract predators.) A good animal sanctuary does "chicken weigh ins" regularly to help reveal health issues. This type is great because it is low, doesn't wobble or move, and it comes with padding (but we could always make our own.)
iphone stabilizer and tripodS
Maybe you upgraded to a better model and have some accessories you don't use? We find the most important way we can help advocate for the birds in our care and help save lives beyond that is by sharing their stories, personalities, and letting people know in general how unique and special they each are via creative video and photography. Much of this is seen on our facebook page (link below). These items would up our game in the documentation department immensely!