Local food advocates and urban hipsters have, in the past few years, taken to the conviction that owning and raising your own chicken is ecologically responsible, healthful and, if all goes well, delicious. But unbeknownst to those darn "stupid foodies," chickens typically lay eggs for two years and then live egg-less for ten more, leaving you with a dirty bird to care for. Unsurprisingly, taking care of the fowl is too much responsibility for some of these owners, who are increasingly abandoning them in animal shelters.
“They’re put on Craigslist all the time when they don’t lay any more,” National Shelter Director Susie Coston told NBC News. “They’re dumped all the time.”
Coston estimates that her organization takes in about 400-500 chickens a year across its three shelters. The problem, too, is that adoption of these mistreated chickens is not all that high; about half of the abandoned fowl are still awaiting a new home and owner, Coston said.
“People don’t know what they’re doing," said the leader of the appropriately-named Chicken Run Rescue. "And you’ve got this whole culture of people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing teaching every other idiot out there.”