Sophie, Li Li and the rescue girls – a month of glorification of the chicken

My daschund Gus loving our other dog Bobby
My daschund Gus loving our other dog Bobby
Me and our one legged hen, Mac.
Me and our one legged hen, Mac.
Me with Li Li and one of our ex batts
Me with Li Li and one of our ex batts
me when I was little, cuddling a rather large broiler
me when I was little, cuddling a rather large broiler

Hello my name is Sophie.

I am 11 ½ years old. My mother runs a chicken rescue organization. I enjoy reading and spending time outside. I play guitar and I recently started playing electric guitar. I have always wanted to play electric guitar, and now here I am.

I enjoy dancing and do Hip Hop, and have my Gauteng junior colors for rhythmic gymnastics. I am very social, and work hard at my friendships. I love my friends and my little sister (some of the time!).

I love all animals. I have 3 dogs and 9 chickens. 3 years ago I rescued a puppy daschund form the SPCA. My mum was dealing with some chickens at the SPCA and told me to entertain myself. I went to look at the puppies and it was love at first site. If I tried to leave him he started crying. I lay on the driveway of the SPCA and sobbed until my dad said I could have him. Every morning, my daschund Gus and I have cuddles before school.

Where in the world are you?

Johannesburg, South Africa

How many chickens do you have?

At the moment we have 9 chickens. They change quite often depending on rescues and rehabs. My favorite at the moment is Li Li, our rooster. Li Li is small and fluffy. He always fights with black shoes.

Chicken names?

Li Li and lots of girls!

How do you spend quality time with your chickens?

I enjoy feeding our chickens and watching them run after me as I walk across the garden with food.

What has surprised you most about your chickens?

What has surprised me most about our chickens is how different they all are. Different colors and different personalities. For example, Irma Rosenstein is the big bossy girl. Irma is always wanting to find out exactly what is going on in the garden. If anybody finds something new she is the first chicken at the site!

What do you want to tell people out there (who don’t know chickens as a species) about chickens?

They are lovable feathery creatures, definitely not there to be eaten. I don’t eat chicken cause I am a vegetarian, but I also have got used to them as family, and eating them just seems wrong.

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