The RSPCA is appealing for information after three skinny chickens were dumped in a pigeon basket in pouring rain in Merseyside.

A member of the public found the three birds huddled together in a brown basket on the Liverpool Loop Line, between Fazackerley to Hunts Cross, near to Longmoor Lane.

They contacted the RSPCA and inspector Helen Smith collected the birds, who were all very thin and hungry.

Inspector Smith said: “All that was in the basket with them was … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after some chickens were attacked at an allotment in Chester-le-Street by a ‘group of youths’.

The incident happened on the evening of Friday 8 September at allotments off Waldridge Lane in Waldridge.


RSPCA inspector Terri Ann Fannon said: “This was a terrible incident where chickens were tortured and some of them killed, seemingly for the pleasure of a group of youths.

“We understand that around a dozen young people – who were boys … Continue reading…

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…