Okay, my tumblr friends. What do I do about this?
The guy who lives next door, aka our landlord, pretty much has a small menagerie of barnyard animals that essentially lives in squalor/a junkyard. Chickens, goats, turkeys, miniature horses, emus, you name it. The birds, with the exception of a few roosters/geese/ducks, are all locked up in small wire cages, usually 2-3 in a cage. Hardly any room to move around. If you’ve ever seen a PETA video, this would look like a small-time operation they video tape.
Anyway, I came across a small chicken just now that I thought was dead, resting on its side on top of a cage (like someone put it there, because right next to it was another chicken that was also dead). Turns out — the first one is NOT dead. In fact, when I went over to it, it tried to get up and bite me, and it was clucking away at how close I was getting.
I picked it up and found out that the only reason it couldn’t get up was because its left leg had a deformity that made it walk with a limp, and left it unable to balance for too long standing up. I also noticed it had a lot of mites, and its left…err…drumstick was plucked clean of feathers — you could see the skin, clear as day.
My question to you is: should I try and help it? It’s obvious that our landlord just left it there to die. It’s trying to get up and leave, but it can’t. So what should I do? I told it I’d be back out there for it, that I would try and help it, but I just don’t see what I could do. It’s still pretty strong and healthy looking, despite its leg and mites, and I don’t want it to die of dehydration.
Any ideas as to what I should do? Comments sooner rather than later would be appreciated.
(tagging as ‘animal cruelty’ because…it seems like that to me.)