Animals of Bella View Farm Sanctuary are in need of caring people like you to sponsor their monthly feed, shelter and care costs.
When you choose to become a full care monthly sponsor to a chicken or rooster you will be helping to provide quality feed, scratch, Diatomaceous earth, and healthy veggie & fruit snacks.
With your tax deductible $18.00 full monthly sponsorship you will receive a beautiful color personal thank you photo-card of your sponsored friend, along with some other goodies, and frequent personal updates. You can also schedule visits to the farm to spend some quality time with them.
Whether it be $5, $10 a month - every bit helps the chick-chicks!
We were contacted about this little hen that was about 4 months old. She couldn't stand or walk, she had been handed off from person to person until the last one said that he was"just going to grow her out and then cull her". When we got her, we could see just what a mess she really was. She was severely emaciated, I could feel her bones, how someone would just fatten her up just to kill her is beyond me! A vet visit confirmed that she had a dislocated leg that actually turned backwards. This leg is useless to her and just sticks straight out to the back. Her other leg had contracted toe tendons (curled toes) too late to fix at her age. We were told her lifespan may not be as long as a chicken, but we're in this for the long haul. She has a chair that she sits in during the day to keep the weight off of her legs. Her own food and water dishes that are endlessly full. Her own mini pool that is filled with dirt for her to dust bathe in. Whatever time she has with us, will be the best for her. She will nothing but love and compassion.
At a whopping 14 pounds she's a big girl! Betty is a cornish X chicken purposely bred to grow fast. She is the type of chicken that is found in the grocery store in packages. This breed is ready for slaughter at 6-8 weeks. That's only 2 months old!! Fortunately, she will never have to worry about that. Since they are bred for for rapid growth, they generally have health problems, and do not live a long life anyway, if they make it passed the 8 week slaughter period. Leg issues due to their heavy weight, heat problems is another cause of concern for them. Big Betty has claimed her area at the back porch along with Two Toes. They both sleep together in the giant covered dog crate and get locked up together until morning. Betty will get to live her life out here at the sanctuary, just being a chicken! She does have quite the personality.
Aptly named for only having two toes on each foot. A deformity he was apparently born with, but it doesn't seem to slow him down. He does walk a little funny though. Since he is a big boy (Brahma) and he has only two toes on each foot we monitor for Bumble foot, which is a characteristic scab on the bottom of the foot, if left untreated it can be fatal as the infection can spread to other tissues and bones. So far so good. Two Toes is the low man in the pecking order and has suffered some bullying in the past by the other flock members. He has now claimed his spot on the back porch, and wants nothing to do with the other birds. He never wanders far from that area. We have since put a large covered dog crate on the back porch for him to go into at night so that we can lock him safely up. In spite of his size, he's quite light and enjoys being held and loved on.
Clyde was rescued for two reasons. One obvious reason is his feet. Apparently he was born with curled toes that were never corrected, and they are now permanently contracted. The other reason is that he is a rooster. Rooster aren't easily adoptable, most are usually discarded or culled (that fancy word for kill). Fortunately, he made it long enough to get to us. It's too late to try to correct his feet, but he gets around just fine. Since his toes are curled, he is unable to scratch and wear down his nails. Every so often we have to hold him and trim his nails so they don’t start to curl back into his feet. As with Toes Toes we will have to monitor him for Bumble foot, which is a characteristic scab on the bottom of the foot, if left untreated it can be fatal as the infection can spread to other tissues and bones. So far his feet have been doing well. We can't save every rooster from inevitable fate, but with your help, we can help the ones we have to live a wonderful life and help place others into happy homes.
Maude is a little Polish hen. When she was just a young girl, she had been viciously attacked by another bird or birds. She was rushed to us in bad shape, exposed flesh, a dislocated jaw, and in shock. We immediately went to work on her not knowing where it would lead. She went into our ICU chicken area (the house). Her wounds were cleaned daily. Since her jaw had been dislocated from the attack. I had to gently hand feed and give her water through a dropper because she could not open her mouth. Little droplets of food and water that she would lick with her tongue. Antibiotics were applied daily to her wounds to ward off any infection. Medication and supplements were also given to help with any pain and to keep her strength up. After several weeks of rehabilitation she started to come around. She would try to eat by herself, that's when we knew she made it! She never gave up and neither did we. Today she is a feisty little hen that thinks she's just like everyone else. She's a little bald and a little crooked, but she is able to eat and drink just fine. I have even witnessed her even get a worm!!! Took her a while, but she did it! Due to her disability, Maude can never be integrated into the regular flock and must live in a separate area. Not alone - she rooms with the little Silkies, or I should say "rules" the little Silkies. We are looking to make a larger run area specifically for the disabled/special needs chickens where they can roam and still be fully protected from predators along with overhead predators as well.
"Beanie Bom Beanie" is a Barred Rock and one of our older girls. She has given years of egg service, and is now retired. She now walks with a limp and has developed early stages of Ascites (water belly) in her senior years. Beanie loves cuddles on your lap and she is quite talkative telling you about her day when she's laying there. Beanie is living a comfortable stress free life and eats a special diet of low salt, low fat, grains, and high protein. We watch her progress and her abdomen gets drained of fluid build-up as needed. Beanie is a house chicken, but we hope that she will be able to get around well enough to graduate to the disabled/special needs chicken are when we get it done.
Did you know that the Barred Rock chickens are the #2 friendliest chicken, Silkies being the first?