Hello , my name is Zoe Rosenberg (from Happy Hen Chicken Rescue). I am a vegan animal rights activist and spend my days saving the lives of abused farmed animals. My favorite quote is: “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” — J.R.R. Tolkien. I love this quote, because it reminds me that I must continue no matter what lies ahead, I must rescue and stand up for the abused farm animals, I must.
Where in the world are you?
We are located in California, in the United States of America.
How many chickens do you have?
I have 85 wonderful chickens.
They are all named and loved, but I won’t name them all since we have so many, I’ll name a few: Rosanna, Stella, Dorothy, Billina, Sinatra, and Nanna are a few of our beloved chickens.
How do you spend quality time with your chickens?
I make sure to hold a few chickens every day, I give them lot’s of treats, and make sure they all know they are loved as individuals.
What has surprised you most about your chickens?
Before I had chickens, I didn’t know how amazing they are. They are intelligent, curious, loving, and all together the best! They are just as awesome as dogs and cats.
What do you want to tell people out there (who don’t know chickens as a species) about chickens?
I don’t think that chickens, or any animals, deserve to be subjected to pain for human’s pleasures.
How do you know that your chickens recognize you over and above other people in their lives?
When I walk to my chicken coop, all my chickens come running, they are so excited, but if I bring a stranger, they stop short. They hesitate to continue, they consider whether they should trust, or not trust.
In your experience of keeping chickens as pets, what 10 non-negotiable factors do you believe need to be in place to give chickens a life that is physically, emotionally and mentally healthy?
I think that chickens need lots of room to roam, the proper food (layer pellets or crumbles), perches, a clean coop, a predator-proof coop, fresh and clean water, some kind of greens in their diet (ex: lettuce, grass), shade from the sun, nesting boxes (if you have hens), and someone to love them and care for them.
If you could say one thing, on behalf of chickens in the world, to the decision makers in your country, what would that one thing be?
If I could say one thing about chickens to decision makers in this world, that one thing would be that chickens are not food, or egg laying machines, but special individuals that deserve the same rights as dogs and cats.