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Melissa Borden, owner of The Devoted Barn in Rose Township, stands with the roosters they adopted from Michigan Humane. They have since been adopted by a private sanctuary. Cluck Norris, Colonel Mustard, Gabe, Gary and Garrett have a new home for the new year. 

   Five roosters have a lucky start to the new year. 

 On Jan. 3, Michigan Humane announced on Facebook that The Devoted Barn in Rose Township adopted all five of their roosters. 

 The Devoted Barn, a rescue non-profit that takes in animals, took care of them for a few days because they have more resources for housing. The roosters have since found a permanent home.

“The roosters that were taken in from Michigan Humane have been adopted out to a private sanctuary. They were at The Devoted Barn Sanctuary for a short period until arrangements could be make to get them to their new forever home,” said Melissa Borden, owner of The Devoted Barn.

 The three 7-month-olds are Gabe, Gary and Garrett. Colonel Mustard and Cluck Norris are approximately one year old. 

  Anna Chrisman, media manager at Michigan Humane, said Gabe, Gary and Garrett were surrendered to them by their owners, along with many other chickens, roosters and other domestic animals, in June 2021. 

 “We watched them grow from downy chicks into handsome roosters,” she said. “Colonel Mustard and Cluck Norris came to us from separate animal control agencies for care and then adoption. They have been with us for around five months each.”

 Chrisman said it does typically take longer to find homes for more unusual animals, or ones with specific housing and care needs. They tried several avenues to find homes for the roosters, including social media, featuring them on the Pet of the Week television spots and more. 

 At Michigan Human, the roosters lived in the Berman Center, where they had places to perch, enrichment items, fresh food and water, and bedding every day. 

 “We are in the process of creating a space for our farm and other domestic animals to be able to thrive in something closer to their natural environment through the Michigan Humane Center for Farm Animal Care at Abraham Ranch,” Chrisman said. More information is available at

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