The animals are all enjoying the warmer weather and sunnier days. The goats and donkeys are shedding their winter coats, the pigs are wallowing in the mud to keep cool, the alpacas are keeping the grass down in the rooster enclosure, and the roosters - well, they are settling down a bit but we still have the occasional scrap.
Romeo got an infection in his leg and he has been on antibiotics and living in the house for the last two weeks. Unfortunately the medicine doesn't seem to have helped so he will need to go back to the vet tomorrow. In the meantime, he enjoyed some time relaxing on the lawn this afternoon!
We have been learning the hard way that springtime is fight time for some roosters! Marcel was one of a group of eleven roosters that arrived here a few months ago. Some of this group became very aggressive towards other roosters so we fenced off a separate enclosure for eight of them. Unfortunately seven of them decided to beat up Marcel and he had to be put by himself to recover. He is doing better now so today he moved in with Arnie, Tommy and Marlon in a separate enclosure, where he will be safe and have companionship.
He's right here! Romeo was rescued by a lovely family who were very upset to find that their other rooster couldn't stand him and kept beating him up. So, here he is with us. He will spend a few days in the cage until the other boys get used to him, and then he will become one of our rooster family.
Our five boys had their haircuts the other day.
and after ...
Here is the documentary that was partly filmed here, showing the plight and rescue of roosters in Auckland. Please watch it.
Our boys thank you!
I filmed these clips yesterday and I hope they give you a bit of an idea why I love spending time with my boys in the rooster enclosure!
Every six months we have to drench the roosters, which means putting a drop of drench on the back of their necks to help control internal and external parasites. Thanks to our American volunteer, Kirsten, for helping us with the 53 roosters last night! In the first photo it's Louis' turn, and in the second photo we discover the roosters' new roommate, a possum!
Our volunteer, Kirsten, from Virginia USA, uploaded these video clips to YouTube and gave us a lesson in how to do it, so expect more in the future!
The first two clips were filmed in December last year, just after Cilla had her babies. Six of them were adopted to permanent homes and the remaining three are sponsored and live here at the Sanctuary. In the third clip you can see how much Timothy has grown!
The donkeys and goats sometimes share a paddock but they aren't usually very friendly towards each other. However, Gaby the goat was feeling affectionate towards Prune the donkey this afternoon!