When Board member and Treasurer Linda James came across four young chickens–two hens and two roosters–at the Harnett County Animal Shelter, she acted quickly in an effort to save their lives. Although we already had four roosters at our Microsanctuary, we put our heads together and decided we could make it work. After all, our mission is to save lives, and we will do what we can for the well-being of animals.
Linda went to the shelter before it opened and waited in line, hopeful that no one else would try to adopt the chickens before she was able to rescue them. Everything worked out perfectly, and Triangle Chance for All welcomed the roosters Tolstoy and Da Vinci (whom we call “the Leos”) and the hens Trudy and Annabel into our family!
Terrific work. And I think some of us need educating about roosters. They can get on okay together? The stereotypes we have no doubt come from people trying to raid eggs and antagonizing them to fight.
Hi Kathryn. Roosters can often coexist together, but it almost always requires that they be separated from hens. Roosters are aggressive mostly in defense of their hens, or if they have been trained (and bred) to be fighters. Da Vinci and Tolstoy are still young and likely grew up together, so so far they have been getting along without trouble. Some other sanctuaries have done a lot of work with all-rooster flocks and rehabilitating fighting roosters. See http://danzigtherooster.com/ and http://vine.bravebirds.org.