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NEWS - November 2015

A great escape

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This brave little hen, who we have named Boudicca Had the narrowest of escapes this morning. As soon as she is let out of her house she runs into the big sheep barn, buries herself in one of the hay racks and lays her egg. Shortly afterwards Jacqui went into the barn just in time to see a fox running the length of the barn with Boudicca in his mouth. Jacqui isn't the quietest member of our team, she bellowed at the fox who must have been frightened out of his wits. He dropped Boudicca and squirmed his way underneath the gate as fast as his legs would take him.

On close examination she was found to have no more damage than losing a large quantity of feathers plus a few superficial scratches. She's had her antibiotic just incase, her vitamins, and some cat food as a special treat and from now on will be kept in a pen until her egg laying is done.

Three cats

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Three beautiful cats are looking for a five star home, a mum and her two beautiful kittens who are now a few months old. Janet and John, two of our Trustees who run their own privately funded rescue and neutering service were asked by the owners of this little family to get them neutered. This was done, when the cats were returned the family refused to answer the door, the cats were no longer wanted. They are beautiful little cats, very friendly and are litter trained. They desperately need to be in a loving home as soon as possible, please let us know if you can help? Mum can be re-homed on her own but we would prefer the kittens to go together if possible.

Four special ladies

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We've recently taken in four very special ladies, special because at one time the breed were in danger of becoming extinct. They are black Wensleydales. They are prized for their very special fleeces as well as their flesh. We've named them Wendy, Wanda, Winnie and Welcome. Welcome is the smiley one. These four middle aged, fit, very healthy girls were being culled as their ability to continue to produce good healthy lambs had diminished due to their age.

Culling takes place with sheep from the age of five onwards. They are sent into market and can then go on for export or Halal slaughter. They are no longer worth the extra attention and care they might need to make keeping them profitable. Millions of healthy sheep are culled for this reason every year, there's no room for sentimentality in the farming world.

The majority of our rescued sheep are now over 10 years of age, some are in their late teens. They still behave like spring lambs when the sun comes out.

Two new Cockerels

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Recently arrived are two handsome young cockerels. Backyard breeders, school projects etc discover when hatching out their eggs that "shock horror, some of them turn out to be cockerels". Cockerels begin to crow as they mature, and become an unwanted nuisance.

If homes can't be found they have to be killed or are often abandoned somewhere. Some years ago we had one young bird brought to us by someone who had found him sitting in a small cardboard bus by a bus stop.

Cockerels who are bred specifically as table birds have very short lives. Depending on the breed they can be ready for slaughter in as little as six weeks. When intensively bred they are kept in huge enclosed sheds with no natural light. As they grow the sheds become vastly overcrowded and the litter on the floors increasingly filthy.

These two boys, now named Al and Dave, are finding their feet chasing the ladies, practising their crowing skills at 3am and generally being a nuisance. They're behaving like young, happy free range cockerels.

Girls at work

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Having waited several months for someone to answer our call for a local volunteer to repair the roof on our little aviary type building, which houses the rabbits and birds, the girls, Louise and Jacqui decided to do the job themselves. Hauling rolls of heavy felt up onto the roof and not falling of the ladder took some particular skill and strength, and either bravery or foolhardiness.

Mission successful, the rabbits no longer have to endure a shower each time it rains. Well done the girls!!!

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