Rescue Hens

A bit before the summer, my work registered with the British Hen Welfare Trust to get some ex battery hens. We had this idea already for a while, but now the chicken run was ready. They let us know that there would be a pick up day on the 10th of June (2018). So that day I drove towards Reading, where I was going to pick up some hens. I was so excited! Giving these beautiful animals a second chance in life, after living in such unfair circumstances, was giving me goosebumps! It’s aways a surprise in what condition they are. Some hens still have quite some feathers, but some are all bold. The pick up place was at a beautiful university and it was nice to see that too actually. As the place was quite big, there were a lot of signs telling me where to go. Eventually that lead to some stables in the back. I parked my car and got out, armed with a big, straw filled box.

Before getting the hens, you have to register and tell them how many hens you’d like to take home. I was going to take 4. Then I made a donation. They suggest £5 per hen, but it’s totally up to you. I think it’s nice to give them some extra, because they’re doing such good work and it’s all going towards another rescue. Once that is all done, you can go to one of the stables. I was second in the queue, so I didn’t have to wait very long. The stable was full of chickens. The stables weren’t very big, but I’m sure that they never had so much space in their life ever before. They were all in the corner, being scared obviously. Being in the light, with so much people around them. It was all new to them. The people in the stables caught 4 chickens and put them in the box and that’s that. Time to go home!

At home I put the box in the chicken run and opened it slowly, not to scare them too much. They were all a bit stressed, on their tummy, with their beaks open. Poor babies! I didn’t force them, but let them get used to their surroundings. They stood up and looked around and after a while I picked them up carefully and.. there was the moment.. for the first time in their life they felt dirt and grass. They walked very funny, stretching their paws and lifting them up very high. They were looking at the ground, walking around and it was just so lovely to see. It was a beautiful day and the sun came out. When they felt sunshine for the first time it was like they couldn’t believe it. They dropped on the ground, spreading their wings, putting all their feathers up, closing their eyes. My heart was smiling so much!

The next day they started to lay eggs (that I’m obviously not going to eat). Most of them looked alright, but one of the chickens has really big eggs. You can see on the picture how huge! Her eggs are still not very normal nowadays. A lot of times they’re still very big, the shell is very thick and chalky and yesterday she laid a wind egg. I really hope that her eggs will get better though, because it can be a bit dangerous. They became friends with the 4 chickens we already had too. In the beginning they didn’t hang out together at all. Now they still like to hang out in 2 groups sometimes, but they definitely became friends.

Because they are used to living in a small cage, they do not get into the chicken coop or on the perch by themselves. So the first few days I had to put them into the coop, onto the perch. They instead just randomly chose a place to sit when it was getting darker. After 3 days of doing this they got it though. So clever! Now 1-2 sometimes still sit on the bottom of the coop though, but at least they’re safe in there. They’re doing so much better now and they look so much better too. Their feathers look better (not perfect yet though) and their faces and comb are all red now. It makes a huge difference. If you look at the picture, you can see them on their first day and the way they look now. Their faces and comb were as good as white and now they have such a nice colour. They roam free every day now and they love it! It makes me so happy to see them so happy every day!

Would you like to rescue some hens too? Then go to the British Hen Welfare Trust and register now! They rescue 50.000 chickens per year and seeing them enjoying life is so worth it. Do you already have some rescue hens? I would LOVE to see them. Please show them to me! You can do this by tagging me or by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

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FLEUR & ROOS

13020512_1134885639888871_2003050333_nToday I have double rescue joy! Let me introduce you to Fleur and Roos, 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels owned by my best friends Jeroen and Nienke.

Fleur is 9 years old and was adopted 5 years ago. One day when Nienke was groceries shopping, Jeroen gave her a call to ask if she could also bring some dog food and a dog bed. He had been surfing the internet and found a dog available for adoption, not far from their house. That same day they went to have a look and there was Fleur. Her previous owner wasn’t able to look after het anymore for health reasons. They were very sad to put her up for adoption, but they didn’t have another choice. Fleur was adorable and of course they took her home. When they got home they took her for a nice walk and she seemed to be all fine with it. She is very calm and affectionate. They both love to have her company since!

12992832_1134885686555533_1871109432_nAfter a year they saw another Cavalier on the internet who was available for adoption. It was a bit further from their house, but they decided to have a look anyway. Roos lived with people who rescued abused and neglected dogs. The amount of dogs was a bit much at that moment and so they were looking for forever home for Roos. She was very sweet and friendly and so yes.. they took her home too! When they came home, meeting Fleur went really well and they are inseparable ever since. Friends for life.. real BFF’s! She just turned 9 in March, but looks much younger with her big puppy eyes.

They both have very different characters, but that is what’s making it so fun to have them, says Nienke. Fleur is the most cheeky as she regularly takes a walk by herself. Luckily she always came home safely so far. And Roos.. well.. she isn’t that clever, haha! She needs a bit of extra support now and then. Though she is full of enthusiasm and always comes running to you being all happy.

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left: Fleur / right: Roos

They both love to run around in the forrest near their house, to go for long refreshing walks on the Dutch dikes near the sea, sleeping with the cat(all 3 in 1 dog bed.. they make sure it fits, haha!), playing with the chickens and their mini pig.

They are also very child friendly and that is a good thing as their almost 1 year old daughter is totally in love with them!

Now and then they have a trim, bath and blow dry and they are ok with that, but the most fun part is to roll in a nice fresh towel afterwards. A joy to watch! They definitely bring a lot of happiness and it’s so nice to hear that both of them are living such a nice life full of attention and love!

Do you also have a dog you adopted and would you like me to tell his/her story here on my blog to inspire others? By entering you can win a small price too! So where are you waiting for? Please send me a message!

MOUSE

IMG_1012 (1)*This is the story of my own parents rescue dog, Mouse.*

Meet Mouse! Mouse is a 1 year old Whippet bitch. She was in a shelter for 7 weeks, after she was abandoned and found, before she got rescued by my parents. They rescued a Galgo, named Skye, before from Spain, but unfortunately they had to find her a new home because she was too nervous around their 2 grandchildren. It was very sad, but Skye found a lovely forever home in the end.

12025520_1107669259277176_232149658_nA year later, just out of curiosity and for fun, they looked at some dog shelters and very unexpectedly there was a lovely Whippet, named Maud, looking for a new home. Was this meant to be? Everything seemed to be right. The shelter was quite far, but already the next day my dad went to see her. 12822136_1107685109275591_528500935_nHe took Maggie, their Australian Kelpie, with him to see if there was going to be a connection between them. And there was.. they were crazy about each other from the first second. They just couldn’t stop playing!

There were a lot of people who wanted to have Maud, but out of everybody my parents were her best match. The shelter had a rule that after your visit you had a week to think about it, before you could take the dog with you, but because everything looked so promising, lucky Maud was allowed to go to her new home straight away.
Nobody was expecting my dad to bring her home that same day, so it was a wonderful surprise. She was so happy to be in a nice house with a lovely garden and 2 new friends to play with. (My parents also have the cutest chihuahua boy, Nynjo)
IMG_7245They named her Mouse instead of Maud and everything is going so well. She is very good with the children, loves her walks in the forrest, cuddles and play sessions(which are basically without a pause) with Maggie and Nynjo. She is such a good, friendly and happy dog!

This was definitely meant to be!

 

Do you also have a dog you adopted and would you like me to tell his/her story here on my blog to inspire others? By entering you can win a small price too! So where are you waiting for? Please send me a message!

Don’t shop, Adopt!

12833400_1107495425961226_2137581699_nI’m a big supporter of adopting animals instead of getting them from breeders. There are so many animals looking for a lovely home. All for different reasons, but all asking for love and attention.
It breaks my heart to see all the sad faces in shelters or the advertisements of animals looking for a new home because of all sorts of reasons.
It’s such a joy to see animals who are rescued. You can see happiness and peace back in their eyes. Every owner of a rescued animal will agree that it’s the most satisfying feeling ever!

Under ‘ANIMALS’ you can find 2 other categories: ‘Adopt!’ and ‘Rescue Joy!’.

ADOPT!
To show my support for animals who are waiting for their hero, I will promote animals under ‘Adopt!’. You can send me animals who are desperately looking for a new home. Hopefully I can help rehoming animals from shelters or prevent them of going there in the first place. What do you have to do?
– Tell me the name, age and gender of the animal.
– Write a story about: why he/she is looking for a new home, his/her character, any details which might be helpful to find a perfect forever home. (child friendly, friendly with other animals, is on medication etc.)
– Send me 3 of the best pictures you have of the animal.

RESCUE JOY!
To promote adoption (and just because it’s so wonderful to see all these happy faces) you can send me an email with a success story. I will pick somebody every month and share it on my blog under ‘Rescue Joy!’.

What do you have to do?
– Tell me the name, age and gender of your animal.
– Write a story about your animal and the rescue. (max 500 words)
– Send me 3 of the best pictures you have of your animal.

I’d love to hear from you! Thank you! X