We are not a non-profit at this time; we work day jobs to support the animals care, and try to supplement that with sales from this site and our events. But if you like what is happening at The Institute, we absolutely appreciate your support and are supremely thankful to feel a happy community building! If you have any of these supplies, or have an interest in seeing us grow our rescue capacity and vegan/arts advocacy, we are grateful
for any and all good energy, support and participation.
FOOD & BEDDING SUPPLIES:
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 sweet beings in healthy, safe and tip-top shape. Some supplies we get regularly:
- Purina Organic Layer, Crumble and Scratch varieties (containing no animal products)
- Chopped/Mulched Hay & Straw as well as wood chips bedding.
- Vet Wrap
- Pen & Fencing Material
OUTBUILDINGS AND LAND:
We started off with just a room in our "human" home becoming a de-facto "Chicken Hotel." Extremely special needs birds will always be cared for in our home, but for the able-bodied, we just built a beautiful, first class insulated coop, and we continue to embrace growth and mindful expansion, in order to provide refuge for more beings in need. We would like to find a good patch of land in our area, and add more outbuildings for animal care and human programs as well. You can learn more about the first coop we built by clicking HERE to view photos, and please be in touch by clicking the button if you have resources or support for more buildings and/or land.
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!