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Meet HeiHei. HeiHei was the sole survivor of a predator attack that left her with scarring on her head and some vision issues. HeiHei likes to talk a lot, to eat scratch grain and room around.
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Meet our Cornish Cross breed chickens. They hatched December 4th, 2018 and were rescued out of a bankrupt farm in La Salle. We placed 92 birds in loving homes, provided 1000 pound of food for the starving birds, and will be the forever home for the remaining birds. They are fun, curious and intelligent beings. We are grateful to be able to provide for them as long as they will be around. Unfortunately, this breed has a relatively short live span as they are bred for meat production and slaughtered at the age of 6-8 weeks.
Meet Blossom. Blossom came to us with a prolapsed vent. She was kept in a backyard as egg producer and only received home treatment for her prolapse. She was left in this state for weeks and was finally surrendered to our sanctuary. We rushed her to the vet, corrected the cause for her reproductive organ prolapse and had the prolapse repaired. She is on her way to recovery and hopefully all measures taken will resolve her issues.
Meet Bojangles. Bojangles was abandoned at a rural field. A god samaritan on a hike found him there and Bojangles decided to take matters in his own hands and follow the people to their home. He has lots of personality, can be easily picked up and allows to be pet, but he doesn't like other roosters and is rude to our hens.
Meet Speckles, aka our police goose. He keeps everyone in check, let's you know when visitors are arriving and can be Mr. Jekyll and Dr. Hyde. He goes from nice to moody and mouthy in no time. He is an investigator and trouble maker, but still a fun and good looking dude. He was also a rescue transfer and was surrendered by his owner after all his companions were killed by a predator.
Meet Lucy Goose. Lucy Goose was surrendered together with her duck friend Daisy Duck. Lucy is a 6 year old Chinese goose and Daisy is a 3 year old Pekin duck. We were hoping that Lucy and Mr. Speckles would like each other, but that was wishful thinking on our end.
The Duck Gang
Meet Patches, Marshmallow, Bolt, and Caramel (left to right). All of them were abandoned at a local pond. Most domestic ducks can't really fly as they are too heavy. This leaves them defenseless and vulnerable to predation, especially when dumped in the wild.
now you can fly
free without any pain
Meet Pineapple. She came to us just a few days old with a broken leg that already had fused. She is a victim of the industry that is selling baby chickens and ducks as they are shipped right after they hatch cramped into small shipping boxes and deprived of a natural upcoming with a mother on their sides. Many don't survive transport or die at the stores that are selling them. Pineapple lost her ability to walk and we attempted to repair her foot. Unfortunately, her leg didn't heal as anticipated and her "good" leg developed bone cancer. With a very heavy heart, we decided that it was time to let Pineapple fly free. RIP baby girl - you were dearly loved.
Meet Paddles & Chocolate. Both came to us just a few days old with leg issues. They are also victims of the industry that is selling baby chickens and ducks as they are shipped right after they hatch cramped into small shipping boxes and often get injured or die during transport. Both recovered from their injuries and are thriving.
Meet Ankara. Ankara was found wandering a local neighborhood starving and hungry. We don't know what his story is, but we know that he will not end up as someones Thanksgiving dinner. He will be able to live a happy and healthy life with a full belly here at the Good Life Refuge. Ankara likes people and enjoys pets. He is a little thief and full of personality.
Tom, the Turkey
Meet Tom, the white Turkey. He knows he is handsome. He was surrendered to us after 6,5 years in the same home because he started a dislike for the rooster in the house. Hopefully, Tom will adjust to the live here with the baby chickens. He loves to sleep under the heat lamps and already made himself a bit at home; at least he rules the chicken house. He reminds us of a little dinosaur when he walks in between the babies.