Feb 7, 2019

Rooster Project Update

Greetings and thank you again for supporting The Rooster Project!

I'm happy to report that our new satellite refuge for roosters has begun welcoming birds. The four roosters now in residence are doing well and getting along with each other.

As I mentioned in the previous report, this new rooster refuge is located on an island frequently visisted by tourists from spring through fall. As soon as the weather permits, we'll be installing signage so that passersby will be educated about chickens even when Aram is not around to chat with them. We're also preparing literature that people can take home to read, including a "Myths and Facts about Roosters" brochure that we will be sharing with other sanctuaries.

I'm still at work on the draft of the rooster care manual for shelters and sanctuaries. The current timeline for that part of the project is to send the draft to other experts for comment by the end of this month, edit in response to feedback, and publish in mid-March. After that, we'll begin scheduling on-site consultations with sanctuaries who request them.

As I mentioned in the previous update, our consultations with other sanctuaries about the online "rooster wiki" for sanctuaries turned up some great ideas that will make that part of the project more useful for years to come but also make the set-up much more complicated. We''ll keep you posted as we sort that out.

Meantime, THANK YOU AGAIN for supporting The Rooster Project, and don't forget to tell everyone you know that the stereotypes about roosters aren't true.



Nov 12, 2018

Ready for Roosters!

New Rooster Coop
New Rooster Coop
Greetings and thank you again for supporting The Rooster Project by VINE Sanctuary on GlobalGiving. 
We have exciting news: As promised, our new satellite refuge for roosters is ready to welcome birds! We’ve built the coop and fenced the foraging yards and are right now making arrangements for the first bird to arrive. We’ll have a “grand opening” in the spring, at which point we will also have signage and literature available on site.
This new satellite refuge will be operated by Aram, a longstanding VINE community member who is a trained veterinary technician with many years of experience in caring for roosters. The location is on Smith Island on the Delmarva Peninsula in Maryland — a region dominated by the poultry industry. From spring through fall, tourists visit the island, strolling a route that will take them past the new rooster refuge. So, in addition to saving lives, the new refuge will promote compassion for roosters in a region where chickens are especially persecuted.
This is the first of three elements of the first phase of The Rooster Project. The other elements of the first phase, a rooster manual for sanctuaries and humane authorities and a “wiki” for sanctuaries, also are on track. We’ve begun work on the manual and expect to publish it by the end of the year, as promised. The wiki for sanctuaries will take a bit longer than planned, but for a very good reason: In consultation with advisors and other sanctuaries, we have identified a few additional features that will make this resource even more useful. Implementing those features will add a few weeks to the timeline for that project, and we now anticipate it going live in the first weeks of February.
Looking ahead to the rest of 2019, we will need to keep the crowdfunding going, as we have not yet secured the funds for the next phases of The Rooster Project, which will both increase the capacities of sanctuaries and reduce rooster homelessness by intervening in the problems that lead roosters to be exploited and abandoned.
So, please do tell your friends about your support for The Rooster Project. Even if they are not inspired to give, you will have become an even bigger part of The Rooster Project by helping to dispel the myths that lead roosters to be so endangered. 
Thank you again, and I look forward to letting you know when the next part of The Rooster Project is ready to go.
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