Since arriving at our New York Shelter, the Brooklyn chickens have embraced sanctuary life with an astounding joy. Though we do not know how they came to be in a cramped, dark and unkempt garage in the city, we know that the life they have now, full of fresh air, sunlight, grassy yards, and a warm barn full of comfy hay, is one they were always meant to live. They are so happy to live freely, clucking and cooing merrily every day as they preen themselves, scratch and dustbathe in the dirt in their barnyard, and do all the other natural behaviors chickens are able to do when released from the confines of a cruel and neglectful existence.
Karina and Bette Davis have both improved tremendously! Though coming to Farm Sanctuary ailing and weak, both have been given the special love, attention and healthcare that all animals in need receive at Farm Sanctuary. Time and again we have seen sickly animals improve quickly when given the basic attention and care that should be afforded all animals in need.
Karina, who came to Farm Sanctuary unable to walk, has made great strides since first arriving. Our healthcare staff placed her on a physical therapy program used with animals who should physically be able to walk, but have medical issues that have kept them from developing their legs and muscles correctly. For three weeks after she arrived, Karina’s legs were exercised routinely and she received special nutritional supplements for leg and joint health to help her gain strength. She also received medication to relieve her of pain and inflammation. With each passing week, her legs grew stronger, and she was able to use them more and more. Then, one day, Karina was able to walk on her own, to the delight of herself and the healthcare staff who were lucky to see this wonderful moment! Karina’s improvement has continued, and this sweet, curious chicken now lives with the rest of her flock mates, where she can run and explore her new world freely.
Bette Davis, thought to be completely blind, upon closer inspection was found to have cataracts in her eyes. She was taken to Cornell University Hospital for Animals for an assessment, and was found to have “corneal edema” and scarring in her eyes. This most likely occurred when she had an eye infection that went untreated. Though Bette’s condition is irreversible, she is so strong in spirit and so good-natured. She is not completely blind, but has a difficult time seeing small objects, and has limited depth perception. Her toe has healed nicely and doesn’t slow her down one bit. Bette lives with the main Brooklyn chicken flock now, along with Karina, and is one of the sweetest of the bunch, running right up to visitors to the chicken yard and greeting them with friendly clucks of approval.