This is no joke. Six chickens are recovering and soon could be up for adoption after somebody left them in a cage outside a storm wash in La Crescenta.
The Pasadena Humane Society received a tip about the chickens from an unnamed source last weekend, the organization said in a statement Friday. The brown and white hens looked thin, according to the caller. They had open wounds on their bodies and their beaks were worn down.
By the time animal control workers arrived later that day, the chickens had left the cage and were making their way toward the street, humane society CEO Julie Bank told KPCC.
"At that point they had already busted out of the cage, and we had to use some really great techniques to corral them," Bank said.
Once corralled, the hens were transported back to the Pasadena Humane Society, where they were fed and given medical evaluations, Bank said. The organization hopes to make them available for adoption by Saturday, she added.
Abandonment of any animal — dog, cat or chicken — is against the law, Bank said. Upon rescuing the chickens, the organization opened an investigation into the person responsible for abandoning them.
“We have no idea how long they were there,” she said. “If this good Samaritan didn’t find them, they could have died there in the cage.”
The humane society already has a few other chickens available for adoption. But while chickens can make great pets, they do come with much more responsibility than people may suspect, she said.
"There's a lot of people who think it's a great idea to get a chicken, and it is — they can be awesome pets, they can give you eggs and lots of companionship — but we're encouraging people not to consider getting a pet just because it's a fad and they they think it's a cool thing," Bank said.
In recent years, hipster "home-steading" and farm-to-table culture inspired some to get backyard chickens.
If it's more than a passing fad for you, check the rules in your city first, since it's possible they aren't allowed.