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Blog: The Great Malibu Chicken Rescue

Chickens run wild in Malibu and on Pacific Coast Highway. Please adopt.

While some of you watched the debate and others of you went to the city council meeting, Marshall Thompson, Mari Stanley, Skyler Ficklin and I were rescuing chickens. We got a call from neighbors Jeffrey and Tina Pease about 5:30 p.m. that five hens and a rooster were loose on PCH at Westward Beach. 

I just got home from dance class and was pooped and in no mood to rescue anything, but Marshall insisted. California Wildlife Foundation declined because these are not wild animals and Agoura Shelter declined to help because the chickens "could fly away." Unacceptable. Who could help us? We do turtles and tortoises, and they are a lot easier to catch.

So we drove over to the location, and Marshall put on his CERT safety vest. We called our friend and chicken expert, Mari Stanley, and Marshall kept the little buggers from becoming chicken fricassee on the highway until she arrived.

I called the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station because this little group could cause an accident running on the highway. Mari drove up with blankets and a cat carrier in hand. We had two empty wine boxes ourselves that we brought along. Out of the blue came Skyler Ficklin, our 19 year old animal loving friend (son of Ron Ficklin who did our turtle pond) who takes care of our goats and sheep and turtles. He became a chicken hero par excellence. Two sheriff cars showed up too which helped with lighting and all six adorable creatures were rescued thanks to Mari and Skyler in the bushes with blankets. Kristy's Restaurant helped too - the staff was concerned and they donated boxes. 

Now we have some wonderful animals that either someone dumped or lost. We'd like to hear from you if you want to adopt. Email susan@tellemgrodypr.com.  Cluck Cluck.

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Emma MacLaren James October 23, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I love this story and especially the happy ending. There were some chickens living in the vegetation by PCH and Westward about a year ago then they disappeared. I wonder if these are the same ones?
Susan Tellem October 23, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Hi Emma - I know that they have been running around for about a week according to the restaurant workers. It seems improbable that they would have lasted that long without being eaten or squished. And I cannot believe that we are the only people who would rescue the poor things. It's probably just a convenient dumping ground by bad people.
J. Flo October 23, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Very interesting. About a year ago I found a rooster right in that same spot. Tried and tried and tried to get him to come, almost caught him a few times. As you've said, no one would come help. He finally ran into the thick brush in the dark. Next morning no sign of him or for days after that. There is all that very thick cover that goes on for a long ways. Is hard to find anything in there - Workers told us that chickens had been seen in that area. Is it possible he has been living there?
hellwood October 23, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Did I miss a BBQ?
Caroline jones October 24, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Are any of them laying? If so, I could add a couple to my other four.

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