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PRETTY IN PINK
Bartholomew is looking good on his new carpet. Grey and pink always work together! This carpet was donated by Nicola, and is perfectly dry. I feel so much better now that our dear donkey is on a clean dry carpeted floor. He's still really sore, but the anti-inflammatories are helping. He won't take a single step onto concrete, hay or shavings... but slowly walked immediately forward all on his own from the old carpet to the new carpet. Must have been a "townie" in a past life! Thank goodness we have 2 big stalls, with a gate in between. We can put the new carpet down in the empty stall, and then he just takes a few steps into the new clean area. The old dirty carpet from the first stall was then dragged out to become the base of Sparky's new sandbox (that story still to come.) Thank you so very much to Nicola for donating this week's carpet, and to our wonderful volunteer Sue for helping me to go pick it up this morning. Thanks also to other people who've offered carpet, which we'll use for clean stable changes in the weeks to come while Bartholomew heals. It takes a village, and I surely do appreciate mine!!
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PRETTY IN PINK
Bartholomew is looking good on his new carpet.  Grey and pink always work together!  This carpet was donated by Nicola, and is perfectly dry.  I feel so much better now that our dear donkey is on a clean dry carpeted floor.  Hes still really sore, but the anti-inflammatories are helping.  He wont take a single step onto concrete, hay or shavings... but slowly walked immediately forward all on his own from the old carpet to the new carpet. Must have been a townie in a past life! Thank goodness we have 2 big stalls, with a gate in between.  We can put the new carpet down in the empty stall, and then he just takes a few steps into the new clean area.  The old dirty carpet from the first stall was then dragged out to become the base of Sparkys new sandbox (that story still to come.) Thank you so very much to Nicola for donating this weeks carpet, and to our wonderful volunteer Sue for helping me to go pick it up this morning.  Thanks also to other people whove  offered carpet, which well use for clean stable changes in the weeks to come while Bartholomew heals.  It takes a village, and I surely do appreciate mine!!

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Our volunteer Sue said "Nice to know that he is confident in his masculinity to not be afraid to have a pink bedroom." LOL

Such a sweetie. We will have some clean dry carpet coming up in a few weeks if you still need more ๐Ÿค

Bless this adorable little man, Bartholomew. A full and speedy recovery ๐Ÿ’•

I put carpet in my muddy paddock by feeding area. Was awesome. Sadly not as great in a paddock as stable

So happy to help! Would love to come and visit ๐Ÿ’–

So happy he is so comfortable in his pink pad! โค๏ธ

Perhaps he needs carpet-shoes, or slippers =D

Get better soon beautiful lad โค๏ธ

Wonderful news.

Miss you wonkey! ๐Ÿ˜ Heal well little buddy x

Looks nice and warm, too.

glad he's doing ok

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OLD CARPET NEEDED TO CARPET A STABLE!
Our beloved donkey, Bartholomew, has injured his leg. The vet has him confirmed to stables for the foreseeable future. The concrete when wet is too slippery for Bartholomew to manage safely while recovering, so we've put down old carpet to give him a firmer footing. But as you can imagine, it's going to get manky pretty quickly and will need to be changed. So if you're pulling up your carpets and are nearby (we're in Matakana), please let us know. The stable is 3.4m x 3.2m, and ideally the carpet will be large enough to go down in 1 piece. But we can put down 2 pieces if necessary. I'm hoping to find several blocks so I can change it weekly. Thanks so much.
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OLD CARPET NEEDED TO CARPET A STABLE!
Our beloved donkey, Bartholomew, has injured his leg. The vet has him confirmed to stables for the foreseeable future. The concrete when wet is too slippery for Bartholomew to manage safely while recovering, so weve put down old carpet to give him a firmer footing. But as you can imagine, its going to get manky pretty quickly and will need to be changed.  So if youre pulling up your carpets and are nearby (were in Matakana), please let us know. The stable is 3.4m x 3.2m, and ideally the carpet will be large enough to go down in 1 piece.  But we can put down 2 pieces if necessary.  Im hoping to find several blocks so I can change it weekly.  Thanks so much.

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Oh poor sweet donkey! Hope he recovers soon. Sending love.

We when wanting to carpet our garage we went to a carpet supplier and found lots in their outside waste taker to be dumped from houses newly carpeted ,and it's free ,try it .

Have you thought of using something a little longer life and breathable? Like the fake grass matting (can give extra padding by putting rubber of foam mat underneath. (can get both in bunnings etc) This would be far more cost effective and less likely to harbor nasty pathogens (like mold spores etc). Or look at a wet area "carpet" (already suggested in the comments) which can also be hosed down. Just a few thoughts . Hope the healing process is fast.

Could you use sand ? That’s super easy to clean up their poo. There are also heaps of other options that won’t create a horrible smell and there will be no waste of materials.

yes thick rubber mat non slip that you can hose down

You might have mould problems with carpet, be bad for respiratory. Astro turf is good and can be hosed and washed or rubber matting

Rubber underlay might be a good option!

You can get rubber mats for pretty cheap around the place - that would be way better

Get in touch with the closest carpet court. Ours regularly has house lots to get rid of and they might evwn help you load onto the trailer.

Its not old but I have a heap of carpet if you want it and still need

Every single carpet shop would be able to help. If you can collect it. They would give it away rather than pay to dump it. Where are you based?

Horse float mats are great if you can get any ๐Ÿ˜

Do hope someone reads this and gets in touch with you.

Rubber matting instead? Can be hosed out.

Yolande Light incase you have any carpet ripped up. I know you love reusing.

Can you use shavings instead like in a normal stable?

Carpet layers and supplier s

I’ve just lifted some carpet today. I’ll pm you for address... as long as he doesn’t mind pink ๐Ÿ™„

I'm happy to buy him some carpet and bring it over if that's helpful. Message me with the dimensions

I can't help with carpet, but I hope Bartholomew gets better soon <3

Polypropolene carpet is good it can be hosed down and dries quickly doesn't rot.

Have you called a few local carpet places, like flooring exra/ floorwise? I have managed to grab some in the past off them when they remove old carpet from homes as they normal put it in the skip bin ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh dear, poor him and hugs. Hope you‘ll find a solution!

Hi we have some if you havent found any yet. ๐Ÿ™‚ please feel free to message. We can drop off too

Carpet place up Ferguson place has old carpet in a container

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FRIENDLY MUSCOVY DUCKS FOUND THEIR SAFE HOME.
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FRIENDLY MUSCOVY DUCKS FOUND THEIR SAFE HOME.
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Amy Thomas mum loves these ducks

They can join my lot

There are 3 girls in this photo. Hope you find homes for them.

Ariana Davis

Lee Schwalger

Struan Patterson

Glenn Stewart

Raegan Maisey

Hayden Pirie

Kim โฃ๏ธ

Rachel Hindley ๐Ÿ˜

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UPDATE: THE 2 PRECIOUS BABIES, FOUND DUMPED IN A BAG, HAVE NOW FOUND THEIR FOREVER HOME. THANK YOU FOR HELPING THIS HAPPEN!!! ...

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They look very happy where they are now..as for whoever dumped them....I can't say how i really feel about them. Wishing them a safe and happy home....Too cute!

Have they permanentl home cause we would like to take them we live up north so how could we do transport please

So innocent!!!! So adorable!! Hope karma deals severely to the person/s who couldn’t re-home them properly!!! It would not have been a difficult task.

They are so cute! Who would do such a thing, so glad they came to you

Some people are pure a-holes. Hope these beautiful babies find a loving home โค๏ธ

Why the hell do people do this๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’” Hope they find a home soon

Omg I want them!!! But I think my family might kill me if I bring home any more goats lol. Will share x

That’s shocking ๐Ÿ˜ข wish I had better paddocks and fences

Pity they are down in kawhia Shawn, I would have taken them

Cuties! Also I know all those children, how funny

Fence them off ๐Ÿ˜›

I never understand why people would want to do that. That is shocking.

How can somebody be so heartless. They are gorgeous ๐Ÿ’œ

Marilyn? ๐Ÿ™‚

Suzi Kano they would be fabulous additions to your family! โค๐Ÿ˜ฒ And friends for Speedy!! ๐Ÿ‘ xxx

Oh jeepers how cute are they

Beautiful babies ๐Ÿ’•

Omg how cute!

So cute

I wish ๐Ÿ˜

Denise lil buddies for Hank?

i wish.....

the mother ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Isaac Harraway friend for Coco ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Ruby Fuller-Sandys for Charlotte โ˜บ

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BEEBEE'S NEW LIFE
I thought some photos of BeeBee (previous story) in her fabulous new home would bring a smile to your face...
Watching TV with the family, tucked up near the fireplace, hanging with the dogs. My heart is full of joy to have found such an amazing home for this very special girl.
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how on earth do you house train a chicken? (asking for a friend)

They’re pretty smart creatures- I had one chicken visitor who would come to my front door and knock with her beak each morning for her breakfast!

I still havent dropped any of my muscovys off, i love them all too much, violet still cums in the house everyday for cheese pasta and her seed mix. She trills at the fridge for service and bites my legs to cut the cheese quicker, "i love her so much" her new boyfriend is Victor, he went beak to beak with Vinnie and succeeded in winning her love, Vinnie, 'thankfully' has moved on to a younger model who thinks hes the bomb. The other 30 plus block out the light from the windows if im not up in time by sitting on the sill and pecking the glass, i of course turn immediately into lightning lass and fill bowls at super speed. Yes its a great life when ur old and eccentric.

Haha I had a little rosters that used to come inside and join us for lunch on the table

she must think she is in heaven, what a lovely outcome for the lucky girl.

How do you stop her from pooping everywhere?

Awww look at that. Sweet girl, so glad she has found a loving family.

Thanku 4 the pics, i now go to sleep smiling

This is lovely to see. Enjoy your new home little one

My heart is singing too!!! ๐Ÿ’•

I had to go find the post since I missed her story! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงกโค๏ธ absolute sweetie! Glad she is living the good life now x

What a darling BEEBEE is. Thank you all for loving her xx

Just love this and how happy she looks๐Ÿฅฐ

That is so cool love itโค

Just wonderful, amazing people ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’–

Aw so cute x

Love this story.๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

What a heartwarming follow up!! Kay Giess

So special โค

Aren’t some people wonderful

Good for you both

Melanie Barker don’t even think about it

Such a great story. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Lucky girl!!!

What a lucky young lady

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SPECIAL NEEDS HEN #3:
OUR INCREDIBLE, BEEBEE
During the last battery hen rescue, 3 hens were found on different days with unbelievably massive tumours. The hens hips were displaced by the huge tumours, and they stood upright like a penguin, instead of horizontal like a kiwi. They couldnโ€™t even lay down, and had to sleep sitting up. Because the vet is closed on the weekend, two of the hens were given pain meds until Monday, allowing them to at least experience grass and sunlight for a short time. When the third hen was found, I assumed weโ€™d have to do the same. But BeeBee had different ideas. She didnโ€™t seem to be in pain, and when I set her on the floor she tried to walk, as this video shows. She quickly figured it out, and set off to explore. Since she wasnโ€™t in pain, we decided to give her a few more days of enjoymentโ€ฆ and Beebee showed an incredible will to live. 4 weeks later, she is very mobile, has modified her walking position, and can lay down and get up. She ran around the lawn, exploring, following us, visiting the other chickens, and fully enjoying life. We donโ€™t know if the tumour will grow, or stay as it is. But in the meantime, Beebee is taking advantage of every moment. We werenโ€™t going to put Beebee up for adoption, but Sam wanted a special needs hen to care for, and fell in love with this amazing girl. Beebee went to her new home a couple of days ago, and has already embraced her new family: including the dogs and sleeping near the fireplace! Thank you, Sam, for giving Beebee such tender care, and ensuring that every day of whatever life she has left will be completely filled with love.
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I’ll never forget rescuing hens with my parents when I was a teen. It stayed with me and I’ve never consumed a non organic egg or free range farmed chook since. They are incredible animals and I still can’t believe humans can block themselves off to this cruelty๐Ÿ˜ญ

How the fuck can someone work around animals in this state? I am so pleased we have you. I don’t eat meat because you have no idea the cruelty that can exist behind closed doors. I love you so much for giving them a chance

Is this the one we called Pengu as we took her from the cage? Even if it’s not her so glad some quality of life for this lucky lady

Wonderful. So heartening to hear about amazing people with beautiful hearts. Thank you.

Happy mother's day to you and yours plus all your other animal family. And to all other mothers' globally ๐Ÿต๏ธ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿต๏ธ

Just the best Shaun & co. Awesome work.๐Ÿฅฐ

Beautiful girl, where theres a will, there is Always a way ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Sweetheart. Nice to see her and hear her story xx

๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

whoever Sam is, 'I love you'

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SPECIAL HENS FROM THE RESCUE - #2 SPLITSIE
This battery hen obviously had both legs badly broken while trapped in her tiny cage. They healed while she was laying on them, with one leg stuck forward, and the other leg stuck behind her... like she was doing the splits. Surprisingly, once rescued and given room to move, Splitzie has learned to walk using a rocking motion - and she gets around quite well! She may be challenged, but Splitzie has great spirit. She's bonded with 2 other rescued hens, and we'd like to find a loving home for them together if at all possible. Splitzie needs a safe contained yard and a ground level house so she won't have to climb a ladder to get into it.
UPDATE: Splitzie and her 2 pals have a great home to go to, with no other hens to contend with, and a specially made ground level house entrance. PERFECT! Thanks Angels. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Have you found split zip a home yet? I can take her and her two buddies. I have blondie and teddybare.

She sounds just like Gruffalo! Very special!

This made me cry ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I hope you find her the perfect home

Katherine Cosgrove!!! Full of personality ๐Ÿ˜

Dear little thing. Hope she gets a lovely home.

Oh no, she sounds amazing, we sadly don’t have a ground level hen house, otherwise would love to have them

Beautiful Girl. ๐Ÿ˜

Aww little sweetie

Renee chickens for you to adopt

Jerri Branford

Olivia!

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SPECIAL HENS FROM THE RESCUE - #1
Iโ€™d like to introduce you to some of the special hens that we rescued. Each of these hens will need a special home. The first is Mabel. When she was removed from her tiny cage, we were shocked to see that she was missing a foot, and a large knob had formed over the wound. She must have been in terrible pain for a long time, but thankfully on examination after cleaning it, we saw that the knob had hardened and the danger of infection was past. Mabel quickly learned to walk on her stump, and became an overnight โ€œDora The Explorerโ€! This hen has incredible spirit. Mabel is very very fortunate, as sheโ€™s already been adopted by her rescuer, Sinead. Mabel now has a loving homeโ€ฆ but the rest of the special hens still need to find theirs. Watch for our next Special Hen post to see if sheโ€™s a match for you!
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SPECIAL HENS FROM THE RESCUE - #1
Iโ€™d like to introduce you to some of the special hens that we rescued.  Each of these hens will need a special home.  The first is Mabel.  When she was removed from her tiny cage, we were shocked to see that she was missing a foot, and a large knob had formed over the wound.  She must have been in terrible pain for a long time, but thankfully on examination after cleaning it, we saw that the knob had hardened and the danger of infection was past.  Mabel quickly learned to walk on her stump, and became an overnight โ€œDora The Explorerโ€!  This hen has incredible spirit.  Mabel is very very fortunate, as sheโ€™s already been adopted by her rescuer, Sinead.  Mabel now has a loving homeโ€ฆ but the rest of the special hens still need to find theirs.  Watch for our next Special Hen post to see if sheโ€™s a match for you!

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Just goes to show while we were eating our non free range eggs at home, poor Mabel was locked in her cage with this injury, laying eggs for us to consume. Super sad.

I had a little hen I rescued off someone who had shot her with a slingshot trying to kill her because they couldn't catch her. I did catch her and took her home to find her foot was curled up due to nerve damage. She lived for about 10 years very happily and ran all over the place on her stump.

Special-needs hens are always my favourite!!

Hi, we can take one if you are looking for homes. We have one older lady who potters around the place.

We LOVE our 12 girls from this same rescue... Awesome hens and we love watching their spirits return and adventures begin ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

Has a prosecution happened for any mail cruelty whether this hen or others. Spca? Poor hens just as well they are rescued.

Let us know if you have special need hens needing extra care. Be happy to be a forever place for them. Had a variety of special needs ones to date. X

They are the best! So loving and grateful towards their mums!

Hi im am abel to take 3 more if u r still looking for homes๐Ÿ˜€

So appreciative of your efforts. ๐Ÿฅฐ

So sweet, hope she enjoys her new life for a long time.

I am so grateful that I made the decision a long time ago to only purchase free range anything

Thank goodness for angels like you โค๏ธ

Hello Mabel nice to meet you, welcome to your new life โคโค

Jacen Joanne Hetaraka Maraea Hetaraka awww you should adopt one

Awwh poor baby.

Thats really cool

Vicky Padman Heyblom

Katie Du Fall

Lee Ormsby more hens?

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HOORAY, WE SAVED THEM ALL!
As you know, we rescued 1525 battery hens from their cages before midnight of lockdownโ€ฆ but there were 345 hens that we couldnโ€™t get out in time. Those remaining hens have haunted everyone on the rescue. Their death date was tomorrow, 21 April. After much discussion with officials and using very strict safely protocols, we were allowed to rescue the final hens. We removed small numbers at a time, and only 2 people who were already in an isolation bubble together could go each time. Yesterday the final 49 hens were rescued, leaving every one of those cursed evil battery cages empty. THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this possible under the most challenging of conditions. You are true heroes.
Here's a video of 60 of those hens, who arrived here on Easter Sunday. One week on, look how great they're doing!!
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Shawn so glad girls are doing so well. It was food for our souls to be able to remove them from those cages last Sunday and bring to your sanctuary. A big day for us and them - forever grateful to your neighbour as well for his help getting us back up the hill and on our way home xx

Will they be looking for homes post lockdown? We are planning on getting our chicken coop and run back up and running as soon as we can get supplies from the shops!

Well done guys, you are all absolutely amazing. We are so happy with our 10 chickens we have adopted through your sanctuary

Please call me 4 the next collection Shawn. Plus if theres any animals u need transporting and can fit in my car, " toyota caldina station wagon " it already has a thick rubber matt in the back please call me.

U have all done an amazing job๐Ÿ‘we have had our 4 girls for a week now and they r just loving scratching around and looking so good๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“

Wonderful ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Thank you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป The sad part is knowing that they will all be replaced by the farmer ๐Ÿ˜ข

Helen Simmonds

What is the procedure to adopt some hens?

Well done everybody! A massive effort and now happy hens!

Thank you for saving these precious girls!! It's such a difficult time and so happy they got saved. Thanks Shawn and the team!

Tears of joy here. Well done team - you're all awesome. Thank you from my heart

Awesome work! I’m happy to take some more once we’re out of level 4 x

Omg! Thank you! How damn amazing. Im so stoked. X

Well done - I am so proud of all that you did to help make this happen ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

Great effort, we can take some will get photo's to you today

Well done!!! Your tenacity and compassion are inspiring!

So over the moon at this happy outcome. Wonderful news ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’– these little ladies have had a miracle, wonderful news!

Well done team โค can't wait for the lockdown to be lifted so we can add a few more girls to our family.

Fabulous news ๐ŸŽ‰ thank you!

What a fantastic effort well done!!!!

Beautiful lucky girls......and wonderful rescuer's โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

So awesome to see them free and happy! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ“

Amazing news ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you so much!!

Vanessa Lloyd Richard Lloyd. You might be able to adopt a few hens from here

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THE KINDNESS OF NEIGHBOURS #1
I've been a little jealous of people talking about the many projects they're doing during lockdown. With so many animals to care for (which I love), I've had no time for extra projects. Luckily, we have a wonderful neighbour Dion who is incredibly talented and creative. That man can build anything! I showed him (maintaining distance) the parts to our new drinking system for the hens. I needed a simple block of wood at the base of each of the 9 waterers to raise them and hold them steady. Dion, of course, went the extra mile. He crafted a very clever and far superior cradle for each waterer, with a carved notch for the spouts. He also assembled all 9 of them for us. Thanks so much, Dion, you're the best!
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THE KINDNESS OF NEIGHBOURS #1
Ive been a little jealous of people talking about the many projects theyre doing during lockdown. With so many animals to care for (which I love), Ive had no time for extra projects. Luckily, we have a wonderful neighbour Dion who is incredibly talented and creative. That man can build anything! I showed him (maintaining distance) the parts to our new drinking system for the hens. I needed a simple block of wood at the base of each of the 9 waterers to raise them and hold them steady. Dion, of course, went the extra mile. He crafted a very clever and far superior cradle for each waterer, with a carved notch for the spouts. He also assembled all 9 of them for us. Thanks so much, Dion, youre the best!

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Oh wow that water feeder looks amazing did you build the plastic part? And do you need to teach the hens how to use it ?

thats fantastic what a piece of craftsmanship

that is so cool, how clever is he?

Go Dion!

Awesome work ๐Ÿ˜Š

Genius ๐Ÿ‘

Brilliant!

I'm going to get Hamish Stewart to add this to the lockdown list ๐Ÿ™‚

Chris Eastlake Marsh could you make one of these for the chooks?

Leighton Bryce Werahiko we should do this for the girls

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