28 turkeys from Staten Island's Ocean Breeze section adjusting to safe house need higher fence
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The good news for Staten Island animal-lovers is that 28 of the surviving turkeys from one of the two flocks long resident on the campus of the South Beach Psychiatric Center endured a two-hour drive to the Catskills on Saturday, and are now safely housed at an animal sanctuary in Saugerties, N.Y.
"It was really hectic," said Kathy Stevens, founder and director of the 110-acre Catskill Animal Sanctuary. "They arrived (on Saturday), frightened and thirsty, males and females and juveniles."
Only one of the birds did not survive the journey, she said.
The turkeys were transported to the sanctuary by the U.S. Department of Agriculture "in eight or nine crates, with two to five birds in each crate, depending on their size," said Ms. Stevens.
She noted that the birds move fast, and that one of the toms is "huge, maybe 30 pounds."
The sanctuary prepared for the turkeys by building a barn specifically for their use.
When the birds arrived on Saturday, "we clipped their wings, so that they cannot fly," Ms. Stevens said.
Despite the clips, some of the turkeys managed to get up to the rafters of the barn, eight feet high, according to Ms. Stevens.
This presents a problem for the sanctuary because "our fences are only six-feet high," she said.
So the Ocean Breeze turkeys will remain restricted to the barn -- which has eight windows -- until funds are raised to erect a 12-foot-high fence to enclose several hundred linear feet around the barn.
Donations, and in-kind contributions of materials, are welcome.
The sanctuary's phone number is 845-336-8447, or visit the website: casanctuary.org.