A hoarder in the United States was recently reported for having over 160 ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens living on her property in appalling conditions. While the hoarder’s initial intentions were good, her neglect and mental health issues created an unsuitable and unsanitary environment for these animals.
The neglected birds were living in tight quarters both inside and outside. Although the owner could not take proper care of the animals she continued to order more chicks and ducklings online and through mail order.
Many of the animals were suffering from ‘bumble foot’, a condition that causes infections on the bottom of feet. They were also living inside a screened-in porch where a slurry of feces and spilled food covered the floor. Due to inadequate housing, several of the birds did not have access to proper shelter and had lost toes and combs to frostbite. The indoor quarters were worse than the outdoors. All the birds showed signs of nutritional deficiencies.
After a year of trying to convince the owner to give up the animals, the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and the Ulster County SPCA were able to obtain a seizure warrant to rescue the birds. All of the birds were treated for their health issues and provided veterinary care, nutritional supplements, quality food and daily vitamins in their water.