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Rooster Rex's Transition to His Human Family Home

From Rusty's Rooster Rescue
May 2023

Rex's human dad: "He's one of the most amazing animals I've ever had. There is definitely a little soul in there, a personality, he has moods, can be funny, appreciative, loving, etc. It's like raising a toddler." 

Rooster Rex

Look at this handsome boy! This is Rex.

Rex is a house rooster, living the high life with his human flock and a few choice plushie hens!

Rex was brought into a family who didn't realize what having roosters would mean to their relationship with the neighbors.

With tools like diapers, blackout shades and stuffed animals, Rex's humans found a way to keep him safe and loved. Rex, like every rooster, loves his flock. He is emotionally attached to his family.

So many people end up with roosters before they understand how difficult it is to rehome them.

They often live where roosters are not allowed, and finally get desperate enough to send them away from their families to harmful people, or they dump them in the woods, where they are scared, confused, and unequipped to feed and protect themselves. That's when I get called. I worry and scramble and try to find them homes. When I am lucky enough to find a home I go capture them. Sometimes, they have already been killed by a predator when I arrive, or at the very least are frost bitten or full of mites. Sometimes, no matter how hard I try, there is no place for them to go.

And then there are all the roos no one sees get dumped and eaten.

It's heartbreaking.

I am telling these stories to spread the word that dumping roosters is a death sentence.

I am telling these stories to spread the word that roos make great housemates!

A quote from Rex's human dad:

"He's one of the most amazing animals I've ever had. There is definitely a little soul in there, a personality, he has moods, can be funny, appreciative, loving, etc., It's like raising a toddler."

I regularly coach folks on finding harmony when transitioning their roo to family life.

Please consider sharing this.

Please remember these words when people tell you they are in a rooster crisis. Welcome them to reach out to me.

If you've read this far, thank you!


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