Castle Galliformes was founded in March 2015 with the aim of providing a safe haven for chickens coming from food industries and/or other abusive situations. Located in Knoxville, TN, we have been provided with the opportunity to show our neighbors and friends what wonderful companions these intelligent birds can be. Many people in our area have only viewed chickens as farm animals to either be eaten or used to produce eggs. This is due to the fact that East Tennessee has historically been a highly productive farming region, and locals have grown up being taught that chickens are solely for human use and consumption. However, times are changing, and compassionate individuals are open to learning about the unique personalities of our rescues.
Our first ambassador was a broiler rooster named Julian. He would walk around the neighborhood on a dog leash, and children would come running out to pet him and talk to him. He became known as the “feathered puppy,” and many mourned his death after only 6 months of freedom. He made the most of his time with us, however, and it is largely due to his influence that we have expanded our work.
We have an 8’ by 8’ chicken house built by my father and me, and artistically painted by my mother. The residents also have a 15’ by 20’ outdoor enclosure where they spend most of their time during the day.
In our small sanctuary, we have overseen the rescue and rehabilitation of eleven chickens. We are currently looking to move to a larger property where we will be able to accommodate more who desperately need our help. Our current residents are two Dominique girls named Beverly and Deanna, and three Isa Browns named Sassy, Flops, and Miss Frizzle. Everyone gets along incredibly well, with Deanna being our “large and in charge” princess. Sassy is everyone’s little buddy, mainly because she’s cute and she’s sneaky.
Our two main goals are rescue and education. We firmly believe that the individual who meets an animal he/she calls “dinner” will think twice about his/her dietary choices. It is the objectification of animals that makes it easy for people to take advantage of them. Once an animal is shown to have a life and a personality, people take notice and reexamine their views. By showing a chicken to be as worthy a companion as a cat or a dog, one can change hearts and move mountains.
Castle Galliformes is the recipient of a Hen Reproductive Healthcare grant!