Michelle is one of our “Thanksgiving Turkeys”, obtained from a farm just before Thanksgiving 2016. Like all of our turkeys, she has a unique personality and lives happily in our mixed community of ducks, geese, potbelly pigs, pony, mule, sheep, and goats. If she is in a social mood, she loves to be patted!
Belle , another one of our “Thanksgiving Turkeys” arrived with Michelle. She demonstrates how individual a personality each turkey has. It’s interesting to watch people begin to think of all of them by name and personality. Michelle is not just another turkey, she is a truly unique individual.
Picot, a young rooster wasn’t fitting in well at his previous home, but seems to have found a spot in the barn. If he isn’t up on top of one of the stall gates, you will find him walking around the enclosure with the rest of his companions and neighbours.
Named after characters in Winnie the Poo, this bonded pair both came to us from Montreal. Jimmy was found wandering city streets by the Montreal SPCA, and Tigger was originally rescued from an egg factory farm. Watching them become fast friends instead of fast food has been an amazing thing to witness. They live in the coop that you pass on your way up to the barn.
A duck and a rooster who bonded while being rehabilitated is a story that has touched many peoples’ hearts. Jack, a rooster, was found by the Montreal SPCA, having suffered horrific injuries after being thrown from a vehicle in the city. Daisy was horribly injured by a weasel. We call them our “Miracle Birds” because each of them survived lengthy surgeries that followed their injuries. Jack stands guard while Daisy eats, a gentleman if ever there was one!
Liam and Lily, our two farm geese, were abandoned near Montreal and left to fend for themselves. Kimberly, one of our supporters/volunteers, was determined to save them, which she did successfully. Now permanent residents here, with their bright blue eyes and loud vocalizations, they have settled in nicely.
Stella was found wandering in a downtown residential district in Ottawa. She is such a sweet little hen that we think she was not abused or neglected. We don’t know what her fate in the city was destined to be, but here at the Sanctuary she lives with Heidi, the hen who has dysfunctional legs!
Ozzie lives in the coop that is just off the main lane below the barn. He is bonded to a hen named Ginger, and several battery hens. He came to us with them from Montreal. As roosters go, he is as fierce as his looks make him look, as he goes about his job of protecting his hens.
Heidi, originally named “High Heels” because of the way her leg deformity forces her to walk, had lost of most of feathers because of being picked on in her previous coop. Brought to us, she has recovered nicely and currently lives with Stella. Both hens love attention and are sweet, gentle birds.
Loretta is our newest “Thanksgiving Turkey”, saved from being someone’s dinner in 2018. She first bonded with Picot, the barn rooster, and roosted with him, and now lives with Cordelia. Both of them room with the runner ducks at night, and share their breakfast. She is a lovely bird.
Sean and Johnny are the names for our two male Pekins, who were given to us as ducklings, after a few dozen were found in a small covered pool in someone’s backyard. They live with our ram, James, separate from the other ducks for their own peace of mind (and that of the other ducks!). We have watched them mature from tiny yellow ducklings to adulthood.
An interesting breed of ducks known as Runners or Penguin ducks, who stretch upright when they run, these four ducks (Prudence is absent from this picture) love their daily routine. Like all ducks, they know what they want and aren’t shy about telling us that it’s feeding time or bedtime!
Cloud is such a character! Her and William, our potbelly pig, are always arguing over who should be able to use the wading pools in their yard. She may be little, but she often wins the pool battles! To see a little duck chasing a pig is something else, but that’s Cloud! Cloud came to us as a duckling, rescued along with a few dozen other ducklings that were being kept in a tiny pool in an backyard in the city.
Cordelia, another of our “Thanksgiving Turkeys”, brought here in 2017, is a gentle soul who loves to wander around after people, asking to be petted or stroked. Her feathers are soft and reflect vibrant colours. Like the other turkeys, her unique personality makes her one of our most popular residents.
Silkies, more roosters, and other feathered residents of the farm! Stay tuned for their images and stories!
FlipFlop had a deformed leg that she had to drag around. When she was brought to us, she won our hearts by her sheer will to survive against the odds. Every movement took incredible effort, but her eyes were bright and determined. She bonded with Mr. Mercy and would sit tight up beside him until her strength failed her.
A kind soul saw Mr. Mercy being kept in a cramped cage and rescued him. His breed is genetically designed to grow heavy with ‘meat’, and that, combined with the time spent in the small cage, left him barely able to stand. Although in the end his struggle and determination to live wore him out, he won our hearts and will never be forgotten.