Sunrise Sanctuary is home to many ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens and even two peacocks! We love our bird family. So many people are shocked at how sweet and loving many of them can be. They are all very special, social, and smart beings. Some love pets and attention and others prefer that you admire them from a short distance.
The Sunrise Chickens
Sunrise is home to 21 of the most loveable chickens that you could ever meet. Many of our chickens are “broiler hens” which are grown in factory farm settings and intended to be used as meat at a very young age. These babies came to us from a variety of sources. In the Spring of 2018, we received a call about a university that had concluded a fertility study using chickens and the chickens were to be destroyed. This kind rescuer was attempting to place as many of these beautiful birds as possible. We felt compelled to take a few in. They are incredibly social and highly food motivated! They are so happy in their new home and we are thrilled to have them. A special thank you to our friends at the Columbus Veg Community for transporting them to us. Later that year, we had the opportunity to rescue some of these birds from the annual Kaporos festival which is held in Brooklyn, NY and where thousands of birds are killed as part of a religious ritual. Six of these birds now live happily here at Sunrise. Some of our hens are shown below.
Pepper and Prudence
Pepper (right) and Prudence came to us as a rescue from a situation where they were not being well cared for. A neighbor intervened and convinced the owner to surrender them. They are happy here at Sunrise and enjoy exploring the property with their duck and pig friends.
Skye and Sandi
Wandering the grounds of the Sanctuary and keeping everyone in line you will see our beautiful peafowl. Skye the Peacock and Sandi the Peahen. They are a bonded pair and often together, but keeping everyone in check is an awesome responsibility, so they do sometimes have to divide and conquer.
Every year for our annual Thanksgiving FOR the Turkeys celebration we rescue a few precious souls to keep them from someone’s plate. In 2018, we rescued 4 beautiful babies. One truly was a baby at approximately 9 weeks old, Winter, who we keep inside until spring of this year when she began to venture out a bit. Truth be told, she still considers herself an inside bird and we just don’t have the heart to argue with her. The other three live happily outdoors! They were named by out 2018 Chili cook-off winner, Village Taco and are known as Sunny, Tuke, and Lily. All pictured below.
Over the years, we have rescued many turkeys. Sadly, the ones that are bred commercially rarely live more than a couple of years, but we are fortunate to be able to care for some very loveable babies. Sunrise is also home to Peaches, Mango, Hazel, Theodore, Iggy, Ozzy, Steven and David Lee. Some of these precious souls are pictured below.
Ducks and Geese
Sunrise is home to 28 domestic geese, 2 special needs canadian geese and many ducks including Pekin, Mallard, Scottish and Muscovy. Most of the birds prefer to be admired from a short distance, but come running at feed time. They spend most of their time together digging up worms in the pasture or swimming in the pond. They are very beautiful and loving in their own way. Many of these special beings have come to us as owner surrender or abandoned. We are often asked if all of our birds have names. They do not, quite frankly, it is pretty hard to tell most of them apart. But, when a bird comes to us as a companion and is named, they name stays and they are called by name often enough that they do tend to respond. When you visit, you will likely be introduced to our special needs canadian goose, Little Wing, our precious and very senior Muscovy Duck, Supper (below), our little Pekin Crackers, and our two newest duck rescues Huck and Lila.