Bird-lovers are being sought by an RSPCA wildlife centre in Cheshire to put themselves forward to adopt chickens and domestic pigeons.Cockerels.jpg

The charity’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, is looking for people who can provide a suitable home and who would like to adopt birds to get in touch, in anticipation of any chickens – particularly cockerels – and domestic pigeons which will need new homes in the coming months.

Lee Stewart, manager of Stapeley Grange, said: “Stapeley Grange had one of its busiest years on record in 2016 with more than 6,900 wild, domestic and exotic animals admitted. Although the vast majority of those admitted into the wildlife hospital were wild, we do occasionally accept domestic animals, including farm animals, from RSPCA inspectors.

“During the winter period and when we are quieter we will take them in via the inspectorate, because we do have the facilities and staff do have the time to look after them, but the difficulty is then finding them new and suitable homes to go to. We are therefore hoping that we can source new suitable homes in preparation for the remainder of 2017, as and when we receive them so that we can move them on as quickly as possible.

“Domestic pigeons and chickens, particularly cockerels, are always difficult to re-home so rehoming options that meet the birds needs would be really appreciated.  At the end of the day, all animals deserve a second chance.”

Before deciding to rehome any birds it’s important to consider if you have the knowledge, time, facilities, money and commitment needed to care for them.

Those interested should contact stapeley@rspca.org.uk.

The RSPCA is a charity relies on public donations to exist. Anyone who would like to support the vital work of Stapeley Grange can  text RSPCA2 to 70007. Texts cost £3 + standard network rate.

For information about how to look after chickens, visit https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/farm/farmanimals/chickens.