Carolina Waterfowl Rescue volunteers recently made several trips to Wilmington to bring about 130 chickens, ducks, pigeons and quail to their Indian Trail headquarters for rehabilitation and adoption.
Officials seized the birds last month as part of an animal hoarding case. The birds were found living in extremely unhealthy conditions and breathing ammonia-filled air. Some cages had rotting eggs inside, officials said.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue worked with Wilmington’s Skywatch Bird Rescue and the Humane Society of the United States to remove the birds from the bad conditions.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue founder and director Jennifer Gordon said it will take several days for each bird to undergo an examination, be treated for parasites, and put on a round of antibiotics because several of them were sick.
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They will be quarantined for 30 days to ensure they are healthy and then they will be put up for adoption.
Gordon said the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue needs donations to buy food and medical supplies for the birds and donations of new or gently used bath towels to be used for bedding. They have an ongoing need for household cleaning supplies, hand soap, trash bags and laundry detergent.