Meet the rescue chickens at the haven farm

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Adopting an animal is really easy. You simply choose the subscription plan you want and then click the PayPal button. You can then manage your subscription through your PayPal account.

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below, but many of these rewards spread much further into the local community.

Find out more and see the perks of adopting an animal

Adopting an animal is really easy. You simply choose the subscription plan you want and then click the PayPal button. You can then manage your subscription through your PayPal account.

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below, but many of these rewards spread much further into the local community.

Find out more and see the perks of adopting an animal

For a number of years now, we have been rescuing and rehabilitating ex-commercial hens, in an attempt to give them a second chance at the life that they deserve. Unfortunately, due to the poor conditions that hens are subjected to in their first 72 weeks of life, they have a high mortality rate despite tremendous tender love and care. As a result, we have loved and lost many chickens over the last 6 years. We pride ourselves in providing battery hens, free range hens and barn-housed hens a sanctuary in which they can live out their retirement. This month we have again been presented with an opportunity to rescue 10 hens, to keep our cockerel Vladimir company. Although we can tell you all about our cockerel Vlad, his cheeky personality and hilarious habits, these girls are so poorly, that at the moment, we can’t tell you much about their personalities, traits, habits and favourite things. So, please bear with us, we’re working hard on rehabilitating these ladies and can’t wait to invite you on this journey which will hopefully have a happy ending for all of our rescued ladies.

Why did the chicken cross the field? To steal Roderick’s breakfast, of course!

Chicken Run…

On the 13th July 2018, we welcomed Mr. Vladimir Miagi to the farm. At 9 weeks old, he was donated to us from a lovely young man who worked at the Ashbourne Animal Welfare Centre. Vlad looked as though butter wouldn’t melt when he first came to us, but quickly began to rise to his role of head chicken! Vlad, bursting with personality, will do anything for his hens – often trying to peck humans during the springtime due to all of those lovey-dovey hormones pumping through his veins. Vlad can be heard first thing in the morning, crowing as a strong cockerel should, despite being small in stature, his character has made him appear larger than life. Vlad is a pekin bantam chicken, fondly referred to by the young people at The Island as a ‘booted bantam’ due to his extraordinary fluffy feathered feet. Not only is he renowned for his fluffy boots, but for his speed and agility, leaving staff left behind and gasping for breath when it’s bedtime – if anyone can put us in contact with Sly Stone circa Rocky I and II, we could do with his help when trying to catch Vlad for a routine health check. Our learners are forever commenting on how funny it is when little Vlad runs, but the laughter soon desists once it’s their turn to catch him! Not only is he extremely fast and agile, but he is also excellent at hide and seek, with him hiding in the most obscure places from the rain – he seriously hates getting those boots of his wet. However, in the summer months, Vlad can be found basking in the sunshine and bathing in Jonny’s flower beds! Vladimir thoroughly enjoys cramming himself, along with his girls, into the bottoms of planters and rolling around in the dirt. He’s a very clever chicken, and remembers those who care for him, he doesn’t much enjoy being picked up, but he has his favourites amongst staff and young people who have looked after him since he was just a little chick.

Today, on Saturday 5th December 2020, we provided 10 hens with a new life, in the safety of our Haven. Over the past few weeks, we have been in contact with the lovely Dee, who volunteers with the Ilkeston branch of Fresh Start for Hens. We initially reserved just two hens to come and live at the farm, but this quickly escalated into 10. We have room, and these hens are in desperate need of some love. Alison collected the hens and met Zoey and Sammie at the farm, who had revamped the chicken coop, ready for the girls’ arrival. All of us were shocked by just how poorly these little girls were but were optimistic that they could be rehabilitated and experience love for the first time in their lives. We know we have a long journey ahead of us and that some of the hens may not make it but are motivated to do everything in our power to nurse these ladies back to health. The hens that have been rehomed to us, after being rescued from slaughter by the Fresh Start for Hens team, had been kept in a barn for their entire lives, having never seen sunlight until today. At 72 weeks old, a hen’s egg production slows down, making them redundant to the egg industry. This happens to hundreds of thousands of hens annually and we have the utmost gratitude to those who work tirelessly to ensure that slaughter is evaded. Our large coop, and 3-acres of land will be a stark contrast to the dark and cramped conditions these girls are used to. We welcome our hens; Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup, Hen Solo, Jaffa Cake, (McChicken) Legend, Davidson, Holly, Jane and Fajita with loving arms and will work hard to bring them back to health. Vlad too is ecstatic to have a new harem of lovely ladies. So, for now, we will work on restoring their health, allow them to exhibit their normal and natural behaviours, and get to know their individual personalities and will report back to you all soon.

For a number of years now, we have been rescuing and rehabilitating ex-commercial hens, in an attempt to give them a second chance at the life that they deserve. Unfortunately, due to the poor conditions that hens are subjected to in their first 72 weeks of life, they have a high mortality rate despite tremendous tender love and care. As a result, we have loved and lost many chickens over the last 6 years. We pride ourselves in providing battery hens, free range hens and barn-housed hens a sanctuary in which they can live out their retirement. This month we have again been presented with an opportunity to rescue 10 hens, to keep our cockerel Vladimir company. Although we can tell you all about our cockerel Vlad, his cheeky personality and hilarious habits, these girls are so poorly, that at the moment, we can’t tell you much about their personalities, traits, habits and favourite things. So, please bear with us, we’re working hard on rehabilitating these ladies and can’t wait to invite you on this journey which will hopefully have a happy ending for all of our rescued ladies.

Why did the chicken cross the field? To steal Roderick’s breakfast, of course!

Chicken Run…

On the 13th July 2018, we welcomed Mr. Vladimir Miagi to the farm. At 9 weeks old, he was donated to us from a lovely young man who worked at the Ashbourne Animal Welfare Centre. Vlad looked as though butter wouldn’t melt when he first came to us, but quickly began to rise to his role of head chicken! Vlad, bursting with personality, will do anything for his hens – often trying to peck humans during the springtime due to all of those lovey-dovey hormones pumping through his veins. Vlad can be heard first thing in the morning, crowing as a strong cockerel should, despite being small in stature, his character has made him appear larger than life. Vlad is a pekin bantam chicken, fondly referred to by the young people at The Island as a ‘booted bantam’ due to his extraordinary fluffy feathered feet. Not only is he renowned for his fluffy boots, but for his speed and agility, leaving staff left behind and gasping for breath when it’s bedtime – if anyone can put us in contact with Sly Stone circa Rocky I and II, we could do with his help when trying to catch Vlad for a routine health check. Our learners are forever commenting on how funny it is when little Vlad runs, but the laughter soon desists once it’s their turn to catch him! Not only is he extremely fast and agile, but he is also excellent at hide and seek, with him hiding in the most obscure places from the rain – he seriously hates getting those boots of his wet. However, in the summer months, Vlad can be found basking in the sunshine and bathing in Jonny’s flower beds! Vladimir thoroughly enjoys cramming himself, along with his girls, into the bottoms of planters and rolling around in the dirt. He’s a very clever chicken, and remembers those who care for him, he doesn’t much enjoy being picked up, but he has his favourites amongst staff and young people who have looked after him since he was just a little chick.

Today, on Saturday 5th December 2020, we provided 10 hens with a new life, in the safety of our Haven. Over the past few weeks, we have been in contact with the lovely Dee, who volunteers with the Ilkeston branch of Fresh Start for Hens. We initially reserved just two hens to come and live at the farm, but this quickly escalated into 10. We have room, and these hens are in desperate need of some love. Alison collected the hens and met Zoey and Sammie at the farm, who had revamped the chicken coop, ready for the girls’ arrival. All of us were shocked by just how poorly these little girls were but were optimistic that they could be rehabilitated and experience love for the first time in their lives. We know we have a long journey ahead of us and that some of the hens may not make it but are motivated to do everything in our power to nurse these ladies back to health. The hens that have been rehomed to us, after being rescued from slaughter by the Fresh Start for Hens team, had been kept in a barn for their entire lives, having never seen sunlight until today. At 72 weeks old, a hen’s egg production slows down, making them redundant to the egg industry. This happens to hundreds of thousands of hens annually and we have the utmost gratitude to those who work tirelessly to ensure that slaughter is evaded. Our large coop, and 3-acres of land will be a stark contrast to the dark and cramped conditions these girls are used to. We welcome our hens; Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup, Hen Solo, Jaffa Cake, (McChicken) Legend, Davidson, Holly, Jane and Fajita with loving arms and will work hard to bring them back to health. Vlad too is ecstatic to have a new harem of lovely ladies. So, for now, we will work on restoring their health, allow them to exhibit their normal and natural behaviours, and get to know their individual personalities and will report back to you all soon.

The Chickens in action

Video Credit:

The Island Project is an alternative education facility which is based on The Island Community Haven Farm. At the provision, many hard to reach young people learn to manage their social, emotional and mental health by participating in animal-assisted learning, many other outdoor learning activities, alongside AimVoc qualifications.

This video has been created alongside the young people who attend The Haven and who care for and love all of our animals.

Chicken Welfare Considerations

Chickens are highly intelligent animals, despite the common thought that they are silly! Research suggests that chickens can count up to five from birth and they form strong friendships and can recognise and remember 100 different faces of both other chickens and humans across their lifetime. Not only that, but chickens can understand that if something is hidden, it still exists – a concept beyond the capability of a two-year-old human, as anyone who has played peekaboo will know!

Chickens not only are very intelligent, they are also highly social animals, and can become distressed when isolated. They have complex relationships and social systems that are commonly known as a pecking order. Males use a special call to females when they have some tasty food to share but have also been shown to trick females by using the same call, even when they have no food!

Chickens love gardens. They love flowers best of all. But your version of caring for gardens and your flock’s ideas will not necessarily be the same… Chickens take dust baths to get clean and rid themselves of the parasites that tend to afflict them (mites, fleas, etc.) because instinct has taught them that the dust clogs the breathing pores of the parasites, and kills them off.

How can you help?

When rehoming an animal, there is a lot to consider; including staff expertise and further training requirements, accommodation and space, equipment costs, and dietary requirements, just to name a few!

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below; but many of these rewards spread much further into the wider community.

Rescue and rehomed animals will now have the opportunity to live a free-range lifestyle, to help young people manage their mental health and to feel love and care, which they themselves perhaps have not experienced before.  None of this would be possible without the animal adoring communities of Draycott, Borrowash, Risley and beyond.

Ideal last minute gift?

Why not adopt an animal for a special friend or relative. You will receive a member’s pack and perks to go along with many other perks, as part of your membership. See below for more information.

Attend a meet-up?

Fancy mucking out our animals, feeding them, fussing them and seeing the farm? Did you know that every Sunday, the farm is open to the local community.

Adopting An Animal is as easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Choose an animal to adopt

All of our animals are amazing, but who is your favourite?

2. Choose your subscription

Once subscribed you can manage your subscription directly through PayPal.

3. Become part of the community

Thank you for being amazing! We can’t wait to see you soon.

Perks of Adopting An Animal

When you adopt an animal, you become part of The Island Community Haven family

Silver

A great gift for all occasions

eCertificate & Thank You letter

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

£5

per month

Gold

Perfect for those who want to get involved

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

£10

per month

Platinum

Ideal for groups or those who can support more

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

Exclusive rental of the farm

£20+

per month

  • eCertificate (silver) or posted laminated Certificate (Gold & Platinum)
  • Download Pack containing different resources, videos of the animal you have adopted, screen savers and more.

The Island Community Haven has a private group area for all Gold and Platinum supporters. The area has regular updates including virtual tours of the farm and opportunities to interact with staff and animals. The content in this area is exclusive for those who have adopted an animal.

The Island Community Haven runs many other services outside of adopting an animal; The Island Project is an Alternative Provision which supports vulnerable young people who for a range of complex reasons are not accessing mainstream schooling, so instead young people access the farm and participant in animal-assisted learning, outside of the classroom-based learning, woodwork, art, gardening and much more.

Young People take part in regular English and Media sessions to bring you monthly newsletters written by the young people at The Island Project Farming & Education Centre.

Oversight of the newsletter will be completed by a member of staff who will also include many other relevant updates.

Throughout the year The Island Community Haven would love to invite everyone who has adopted an animal to come to the farm and see us in action. Dates are released throughout the year via email and social media.

Patrons will have exclusive use of the farm, meaning supporters can bring the family along to feed, fuss and engage with all of our animals. Staff will be at hand with activities and informative chats.

Hot drinks and food will also be available, making patron visits an ideal trip out for the family.

Sundays 10 am – 12 midday. Booking essential (Gold & Platinum – Free)

The purpose of The Island Community Haven meetups is to allow the local community the opportunity to visit a farm, which has lots of rescued animals and help care for them, maintain their accommodation and carry out minor repairs. Although the farm is utilized throughout the week by many different services, maintenance of the farm can build up. Together, during meetups volunteers can help keep the farm, animals and surrounding areas well kept.

The farm also hosts a community allotment patch, which is accessed throughout the week by young people and partners at The Island Project as well as those who attend meetups. In the garden you can expect to be learning gardening techniques, keeping fit while in nature and taking healthy food home for the family.

The farm is located on a 3-acre patch of land in Draycott which boarders Borrowash and Risley. Although the aims of meetups are to volunteer – socialising and meeting likeminded people is also a big part of the session. No previous experience is required, just a ‘can do’ attitude. Children under 16 or those with learning difficulties or additional support requirements must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Alison on 07970865154 before attending to secure your place.

As the Island Community Haven grows and becomes more sustainable more and more services will come to fruition. Discount is 50% for Gold and Platinum supporters.

Current services available for discount:

  • Exclusive use of site rental: The farm site can be rented for a range of business or personal occasions. For more information please click here
  • Party rental: Special Educational Needs (SEN) parties can be facilitated with trained staff provided. For more information please click here
  • Events: As part of fundraising efforts and efforts to bring the local community together with the Island Community Haven hosts a range of events held throughout the year. As a member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Up and coming services:

  • Magic Manure: This service aims to provide those who already garden or who are interested in gardening with horse manure. Horse manure is an excellent want to replenish and regenerate soil which has been worked for many years and would benefit from a nutritional top-up. Alternatively, this service supports those who are just starting out; horse manure can be used to create new planting beds.
  • Workshops: Bringing experts to the farm to share knowledge and experiences is something the Haven is looking to develop. As a Silver or Platinum member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Platinum supporters have the opportunity to use the farm space for an occasion of your choice for a morning, afternoon or evening session – for FREE (2-hour slots). This could be a social group, youth group, parties, family gathering, corporate meeting venue etc.

Booking is subject to availability, please contact us for more information.

Perks of Adopting An Animal

When you adopt an animal, you become part of The Island Community Haven family

Silver

A great gift for all occasions

eCertificate & Thank You letter

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

£5

per month

Gold

Perfect for those who want to get involved

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

£10

per month

Platinum

Ideal for groups or those who can support more

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

Exclusive rental of the farm

£20+

per month

  • eCertificate (silver) or posted laminated Certificate (Gold & Platinum)
  • Download Pack containing different resources, videos of the animal you have adopted, screen savers and more.

The Island Community Haven has a private group area for all Gold and Platinum supporters. The area has regular updates including virtual tours of the farm and opportunities to interact with staff and animals. The content in this area is exclusive for those who have adopted an animal.

The Island Community Haven runs many other services outside of adopting an animal; The Island Project is an Alternative Provision which supports vulnerable young people who for a range of complex reasons are not accessing mainstream schooling, so instead young people access the farm and participant in animal-assisted learning, outside of the classroom-based learning, woodwork, art, gardening and much more.

Young People take part in regular English and Media sessions to bring you monthly newsletters written by the young people at The Island Project Farming & Education Centre.

Oversight of the newsletter will be completed by a member of staff who will also include many other relevant updates.

Throughout the year The Island Community Haven would love to invite everyone who has adopted an animal to come to the farm and see us in action. Dates are released throughout the year via email and social media.

Patrons will have exclusive use of the farm, meaning supporters can bring the family along to feed, fuss and engage with all of our animals. Staff will be at hand with activities and informative chats.

Hot drinks and food will also be available, making patron visits an ideal trip out for the family.

Sundays 10 am – 12 midday. Booking essential (Gold & Platinum – Free)

The purpose of The Island Community Haven meetups is to allow the local community the opportunity to visit a farm, which has lots of rescued animals and help care for them, maintain their accommodation and carry out minor repairs. Although the farm is utilized throughout the week by many different services, maintenance of the farm can build up. Together, during meetups volunteers can help keep the farm, animals and surrounding areas well kept.

The farm also hosts a community allotment patch, which is accessed throughout the week by young people and partners at The Island Project as well as those who attend meetups. In the garden you can expect to be learning gardening techniques, keeping fit while in nature and taking healthy food home for the family.

The farm is located on a 3-acre patch of land in Draycott which boarders Borrowash and Risley. Although the aims of meetups are to volunteer – socialising and meeting likeminded people is also a big part of the session. No previous experience is required, just a ‘can do’ attitude. Children under 16 or those with learning difficulties or additional support requirements must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Alison on 07970865154 before attending to secure your place.

As the Island Community Haven grows and becomes more sustainable more and more services will come to fruition. Discount is 50% for Gold and Platinum supporters.

Current services available for discount:

  • Exclusive use of site rental: The farm site can be rented for a range of business or personal occasions. For more information please click here
  • Party rental: Special Educational Needs (SEN) parties can be facilitated with trained staff provided. For more information please click here
  • Events: As part of fundraising efforts and efforts to bring the local community together with the Island Community Haven hosts a range of events held throughout the year. As a member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Up and coming services:

  • Magic Manure: This service aims to provide those who already garden or who are interested in gardening with horse manure. Horse manure is an excellent want to replenish and regenerate soil which has been worked for many years and would benefit from a nutritional top-up. Alternatively, this service supports those who are just starting out; horse manure can be used to create new planting beds.
  • Workshops: Bringing experts to the farm to share knowledge and experiences is something the Haven is looking to develop. As a Silver or Platinum member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Platinum supporters have the opportunity to use the farm space for an occasion of your choice for a morning, afternoon or evening session – for FREE (2-hour slots). This could be a social group, youth group, parties, family gathering, corporate meeting venue etc.

Booking is subject to availability, please contact us for more information.

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