Just when the barn staff at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen believed it had seen it all, a one-year-old rooster painted orange “from beak to toe,” crossed its barn's threshold after an unnamed good Samaritan in nearby Lynn found him walking down a busy road. That person called Lynn Animal Control Officer Kevin Biasetti, who then hurried the friendly, apricot-hued rooster to the farm.
“We’ve taken in thousands of roosters in our 100 years of operation but this is the first time anyone can recall a bird painted orange from head to toe,” said Julia Pesek of the MPSCA-Nevins Farm. “It’s impossible to know who did this and why but the most important thing to us is that he’s seemingly healthy and very adoptable—once we correct his bad dye job!”
Rob Halpin, MSPCA spokesman, says the rooster trusts humans and enjoys being held (the term for this is “hand friendly”), so it’s likely whoever decided to thoroughly douse his feathers with paint had little trouble doing so.
“He seems in good health and has no other adverse reaction to the paint job,” Halpin says in an email. “We’re slowly washing and drying him… to expedite the return to his normal color.”
The team named the bird “Chester” and settled him into a makeshift coop inside the MSPCA-Nevins Farm barn, which houses dozens of horses and other farm animals, because the chicken coop is packed to the rafters. “We currently have over 140 roosters and hens living on the farm—we’re absolutely over capacity and hopeful that folks will open their homes to birds this Holiday season.”
Bring Chester Home for the Holidays
The MSPCA-Nevins Farm is asking would-be bird adopters to email [email protected] if interested in adopting Chester or another of the farm’s many fowl. Roosters and hens make wonderful pets, particularly for rural adopters with open land and appropriate housing, such as a chicken coop, which protect the birds from the elements and predators. The Nevins Farm team will meet with every potential adopter and answer any and all questions about the adoption process as well as how to take exceptional care of these special pets.