Cockerel found roaming around housing estate

UK - The RSPCA is appealing to find the owner of a chicken who was lost in the middle of a housing estate
calendar icon 12 October 2018
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The stray cockerel was found by a member of the public in Harthope, Ellington in Northumberland.

The residential housing estate is miles away from any farm, smallholding, or allotments so it is unknown how the chicken ended up there.

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Terence Haley collected the chicken on Friday. (5 October)

He said: “The chicken had been spotted in the area for a number of days and took up residence in the callers back garden. They canvassed their neighbours, put details on social media but was unable to find an owner so they contacted us for help.

“He seems fairly healthy despite being stray for a little while and is now being cared for by specialists at a private boarding establishment. If we can’t find an owner then we will look to rehome him.”

If you are the owner of the chicken, please contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

The chicken has very bright coloured plumage and feathery legs.

Before getting any chickens it’s important to consider if you have the time, resources, commitment, knowledge and facilities to care for them.

In terms of housing they need a warm, dry and well-ventilated space and their house will need to be cleaned frequently and disinfected to control parasites. Food and water should also be provided inside the chicken house. Chickens will also need outdoor access which has cover such as small trees or a purpose-built shelter to give protection from the weather as well as wild animals. They should also have access to dry soil where they can dust bathe and forage.

To help the RSPCA continue to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in desperate need of care, click here

As reported by the RSPCA

Ryan Johnson

Editor at The Poultry Site

Ryan worked in conservation from 2008 to 2017, during which time he operated a rainbow trout hatchery and helped to maintain public and protected green spaces in Canada for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. As editor of The Poultry Site, he now writes about challenges and opportunities in agriculture across the globe.

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