The UK Government have applied an Avian Influenza Protection Zone across the UK. This means that we must close our Aviaries to the public until the restrictions are lifted.
We do NOT have this virus at Raystede but we are required to put in place a range of measures to protect our birds. We are still open and welcome visitors to the rest of the site – please book your ticket.
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Our Sanctuary

We offer a welcoming sanctuary and safe haven for chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese, as well as wildlife.

Sanctuary

Our Sanctuary area is made up of 9.5 acres of land and two large lakes that usually provides a home to a variety of domestic fowl and wildfowl. Sadly, due to avian flu restrictions we have had to take the necessary measures as required by the Government and move all our ducks and geese away from the water.

We care for a variety of hens, cockerels, turkeys, ducks and geese. At present, all our birds are under cover to prevent them from coming into contact with wild birds. We do not have the virus at Raystede and we are taking all precautions to keep our birds safe from this deadly and highly contagious disease.

Regretfully, part of the lakes area is also closed but it is possible to walk through the rest of the Sanctuary area and enjoy views of the lake, the shade from the many trees and the wildlife in the hedgerows. Dogs on leads are very welcome on the designated dog walking path in this area.

Chickens

The chickens we care for are usually ex-commercial hens that were kept in confined spaces and used for egg production. Had we not rescued them, they would have been sent for slaughter around the age of 18 months old. Many of them are very scared and missing feathers when they arrive at Raystede but we care for them and make sure they become happy and healthy hens again. They still lay eggs and do a great job of trimming back the weeds! All our hens and cockerels are available for rehoming.

Chickens

The chickens we care for are usually ex-commercial hens that were kept in confined spaces and used for egg production. Had we not rescued them, they would have been sent for slaughter around the age of 18 months old. Many of them are very scared and missing feathers when they arrive at Raystede but we care for them and make sure they become happy and healthy hens again. They still lay eggs and do a great job of trimming back the weeds! All our hens and cockerels are available for rehoming.

Turkeys

We have one male turkey, Gregory Peck, and one female. Gregory is a true gent and always makes sure his girlfriend his safe from harm. This means he can be a bit territorial whilst protecting her, but we always give him the utmost respect and refrain from invading his space. Did you know that you can sponsor Gregory Peck?

Geese

We have many geese at Raystede, all of which are seeking a new home. If you are interested or thinking about adopting geese, we are more than happy to talk to you. Please do get in touch.

Geese

We have many geese at Raystede, all of which are seeking a new home. If you are interested or thinking about adopting geese, we are more than happy to talk to you. Please do get in touch.

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