Our "Colorado girls" were the Sanctuary's first rescue on the new property. A factory farm in Colorado had gone bankrupt, and activists were working tirelessly to place as many Cornish Cross birds that they could. We agreed to take 10, and though we have lost a few to a couple of different complications, the girls that we do have left will be 4 years old in just a few months.
Our Cornish Flock came from a few different sources, most of them coming from a factory farm setting, with a few being jumpers off of slaughter trucks and even fewer coming from local surrenders from backyard flocks. Wherever they came from, we love these sweet babies with our entire hearts. Chickens are so expressive, curious, sweet, and intentional. It is truly a sight to behold to simply just watch them go through their day.
Most of our run girls were local surrenders, surrendered for all kinds of reasons. Some got surrendered due to sickness, some because the places they came from were downsizing and could not keep them anymore, and et cetera. Our beautiful non-cornish girls spend their days in their own run where they are able to run around, cause trouble, and be happy.
Our run roos come from a few different sources as well, with a few being found wandering around a Knoxville neighborhood being used as coyote bait, and some others being surrendered from local backyard flocks for a myriad of reasons. Almost all of our (non-cornish) roosters are all in a single run together, where they live beautifully among each other with minimal (but not zero!) bickering.