At Raystede we have hens, cockerels, ducks of various breeds available for adoption.
Poultry should always be kept in pairs or groups as they take comfort from being together.
If you are interested in adopting poultry birds from Raystede you will need a secure, fox-proof house/shed with access to an outdoor enclosure. Or, if you are planning on keeping them free range in your garden they must be supervised at all times.
If you feel you can provide such an environment and would like to adopt some of our poultry birds, please contact one of our rehoming team who will be able to advise you further and answer any questions.
To keep the hens physically and mentally healthy it’s necessary (and great fun) to provide plenty of enrichment. They should have places to perch, such as branches and logs (rotten logs are also full of invertebrates which the chickens will love rooting out).
Hanging up vegetables such as corn on the cob or broccoli with some string is a great way to feed them and keep them occupied.
Before we can approve your application we will need to see photos of your set-up, these can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We often have lots of cockerels at Raystede looking for new homes - They make a great addition to a group of hens. To avoid having baby chicks simply remove the eggs as you normally would; without incubation they won’t develop.
Cockerels are noisier than hens so make sure your neighbours don’t mind before bringing them home.
If you would like to speak to someone about adopting a poultry bird please visit the centre between 10am and 4pm.
We occasionally also have ducks and geese looking for homes, please call the Wildlife, Fowl & Small Animals team on 01825 840252 or email us at email@example.com to find out more.