A rare bird of prey has been rescued and returned to the wild by RSPCA Cymru, after she was found by a stunned Carmarthenshire resident in a chicken coop.

The goshawk had made her way into the living quarters of a flock of chickens, at a West Wales smallholding, with the ensuing commotion heard by the property’s owner.

Fortunately, all chickens safely escaped to the upstairs of their coop.  The goshawk was confined until the RSPCA attended and were able … Continue reading…

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

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 … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after five chickens were cramped into a small bucket and abandoned in Nottingham.

A member of the public found the five Bantam-type fowls in an alleyway off Broadwood Road, in Bestwood, on Friday (3 February). The birds had been squeezed into a plastic bucket – used to contain fence preservative – with a piece of wood on top.

RSPCA inspector Dave McAdam, who is investigating, said: “They were kept in incredibly cramped conditions and … Continue reading…

The majority of the 950 million chickens farmed each year in the UK for food are bred to grow so fast millions of them are dangerously heavy for their age, struggle to walk properly and can suffer from heart defects, according to the RSPCA.

The issue – which will be highlighted by Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty on Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast (Channel 4, 27 January, 8pm) – is considered the most serious welfare problem facing chickens today … Continue reading…

To celebrate British Egg Week and World Egg Day (Oct 14), RSPCA Cymru is urging people to consider rehoming a friendly hen, from its Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre.

Doreen, Doris and Delilah came into RSPCA care after being rescued from terrible conditions. After lots of tender, loving, care by staff at RSPCA Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre, the girls are now thriving and ready to find a new home.

The friendly hens have grown in confidence since they’ve been in RSPCA care and … Continue reading…