All you need to know: Her favourite chicken was Cinnamon

A Kāpiti coast woman is on a mission to save 3000 free range chickens who aren’t providing enough eggs to their owners and were destined to end up as dog food.

Helen Whitfield lives in Ōtaki, not far from the farm where the chooks have stopped producing the amount of eggs needed to make them financially viable.

She runs Elamore Farm Animal Rescue and is rounding them up and taking them home in her Honda Jazz, 46 at a time.

“They’re just a great family chicken and I really really love them” – Helen Whitfield
Ms Whitfield is hoping to rehome as many of them as she can before they become dog tucker.

Dogs need to eat too you know.   What does she think predators like dogs and cats eat?  Tofu?

She said she put the chickens in either a coop or a paddock at her place with people collecting some of them, and some chickens going as far as Taranaki and Taumaranui.

She said she finds chickens fascinating animals.

“They all have different personalities and these shavers are just so friendly, even though they’ve been in a farm environment, I walk into the paddock and I just call them and they come running.”

Ms Whitfield said currently her favourite chicken was called Cinnamon.

She said she had to rescue the chicken because it had got stuck in the mud due to the amount of rain.

“She was covered in mud and so I brought her inside and I gave her a bath and I blow dried her and now she thinks I’m just the bee’s knees!”

We can write her off as a crazy chicken lady, but she’s still saner than people that can’t make up their mind if they are a woman or a man depending on what day they get up.

Mental oddities come in all shapes and sizes, and at least this one’s chickens lay eggs.  Albeit not at commercially sustainable rates.

Have you a crazy animal person in your past?  Perhaps you are one?  Go on, entertain us below.



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