Rooster: Roberto

roberto-faceAfter such a gruelling time of abandonment, dear Roberto now lives at a custom-created all-rooster sanctuary. He has buddied up with two of the long-term residents and spends his days strutting, crowing, eating and just looking gorgeous.

Please contact me if you would consider providing sanctuary for one or 101 roosters.


Most people don’t want more than one rooster, yet they continue to hatch out clutches of chicks. The result is often that roosters like Roberto are killed at the tender age of 5 months when they proudly give their first crow, or they are abandoned in a public place to face a myriad of terrifying experiences, often including death.

Roberto was ruthlessly dumped in an Auckland park. This friendly little fellow was never going to survive a life without human intervention – he had become dependent on having his food and shelter provided for him. He was dumped on a Sunday and a dog had attacked his rain-soaked, hungry little body by Wednesday. This has left him debilitated and with a badly injured leg. X-rays indicate a tarsal fracture - and a puncture wound is clearly visible. His vet bill is $350.00.roberto-confined

I am currently giving him medication morning and night, spraying his leg with colloidal silver water and keeping him contained in a small crate in the hope that the fracture will knit. The bruising and swelling have now gone and he is tentatively putting weight on his leg. He is eating so much that I can scarcely keep up with him. It’s great to now see his crop full and a layer of flesh is beginning to cover his once prominent skeleton.

Many thanks to Maggie for rescuing Roberto, to volunteer Bjorn for transporting him to me at short notice and to volunteer Jenni - pictured holding Roberto while his treatments are administered.

If you are able to offer Roberto a home where he will be appreciated and well cared for until he lives out his natural life-span, I look forward to hearing from you. If he will be living with hens, you will need to have a well prepared plan in place to stop more unwanted cockerels being born. Thank you.

NOTE: Animal abandonment, although illegal under the Animal Welfare Act, is very common. The consequences for these hapless chickens range from dog attacks, traffic deaths, torment by children, capture by human predators, starvation, cock fighting (if there is crowding or hens are present), pack raping to death of the hens, poisoning by residents who are irritated by the crowing and routine slaughters by councils. Please do not breed chickens if you are unable to provide loving, life-long care for both genders in the clutch.

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