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Animal advocates and farmers working together to reduce ‘animal waste’

Animal advocates and farmers working together to reduce ‘animal waste’

A Sunshine Waft farm animal sanctuary hopes the rescue of 82 laying hens from forthcoming loss of life in Brisbane will pave the intention for more animals to be saved.

Key functions:

  • A Sunshine Waft farm animal rescue neighborhood is asking other folks to take a look at in to rehome chickens
  • Fortunately Heifer After no longer too prolonged ago rescued 80 laying hens from forthcoming loss of life
  • Co-founder Michelle Dranfield says the neighborhood hopes to rehouse one other 3,000 hens in the occasion that they’ll rep ample homes

Fortunately Heifer After co-founder Michelle Dranfield said the hens were rescued after a farmer proactively supplied them to the charity.

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She said the choice meant the animals were no longer abandoned or left to deteriorate bask in loads of others the charity had obtained previously.

“The animals that advance to us as what’s thought to be waste merchandise, [which] are steadily no longer in wonderful situation,” Ms Dranfield said. 

“So things bask in the older hens from the egg-laying industries, the male calves from the dairy industries, the older cows from the dairy industries.

A transient existence

According to the RSPCA, 72 weeks is the frequent existence of a commercial layer chicken, attributable to productivity stages launch to decline after that.

Fortunately Heifer After volunteer Karli Furmage said about 60 hens from their most modern rescue were wholesome ample to be rehomed and 12 were being rehabilitated in the charity’s makeshift “chicken health center”.

“Their situation wasn’t nice … We got 82 and 15 were no longer match for re-homing initially, in bid that proportion is extraordinarily, very excessive … On the total there’s about three to five [in] every 100.

“It used to be a free-fluctuate farm but searching on the farm, that timeframe is extraordinarily roughly loose.”

chicken suffering Egg yolk peritonitis with a swollen lower abdomen

Ms Dranfield fears for the future of this chicken that is suffering egg yolk peritonitis, which causes the stomach to swell.(

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She said basically the most regular disease rescued hens experienced used to be egg yolk peritonitis.

“On the total their bodies cannot pretty sustain up with the production of eggs that they are making and their body creates an incorrectly shaped egg which dislodges into the stomach and then indubitably rots from the within,” she said.

Working together

Ms Dranfield hopes to work with diverse farmers to rescue more hens in future.

“We are hoping to develop relationships with diverse farmers in bid that we would possibly presumably well perhaps make quarterly runs the set we can are attempting and save as many ladies as we can,” she said.

“We are hoping to collaborate and rescue 3,000 hens from a farm.

“Clearly, that is real going to rely on how many homes we can earn so the more adoptive homes we can earn, the more hens we can save.”

rescued hens that are missing feathers

About a of the chickens rescued are missing feathers from dwelling in shut proximities to diverse hens. (

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Due to border closures, the charity no longer too prolonged ago shaped a partnership with NSW-based totally chicken rescue neighborhood, Who Affords a Cluck, after it would possibly well per chance presumably well perhaps no longer enter Queensland to catch hens from a Mount Cotton farm.

Ms Dranfield said the final honest used to be to rehome animals as ongoing prices and finite location at the sanctuary were diverse hurdles.

Fortunately Heifer After has been working for 3 years and no longer too prolonged ago turned into a registered charity. Its founders largely fund the operation, which prices a median of $15,000 a month.

two small goats and a lady

Volunteer Karli Furmage helps rescue goats, donkeys, cattle, sheep, lambs horses and pigs. (

ABC Sunshine Waft: Meg Bolton 


“We make things bask in originate days, we sell mech on our web location, we have backed packages the set other folks can sponsor an animal …  and pay for their remedies and their feed.

“The more animals we can rehome the more we can save attributable to if we real kept all of them right here, then we would possibly presumably well perhaps real bustle out of location at final.”

Animal advocates and farmers working together to reduce ‘animal waste’