11 chickens, six ducks, five pygmy goats surrendered to MSPCA, up for adoption

And a partridge in a pear tree...

These pygmy goats are up for adoption.
These pygmy goats are up for adoption. –Courtesy MSPCA

Enough animals to populate a minor petting zoo were surrendered to the MSPCA ahead of freezing temperatures last Thursday. Now, the 11 chickens, six ducks, and five pygmy goats are up for adoption, the MSPCA said Wednesday.

The animals, which were brought from an unidentified property in Central Massachusetts, are currently residing at the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm in Methuen. No charges were filed against the animals’ previous owners.

“In this instance, the owners struggled with the physical care of the farm animals and needed the MSPCA’s assistance, and they ultimately decided to surrender the animals to our care,” said Mike Keiley, MSPCA’s director of adoptions centers and programs. “Our focus now is on nursing them back to excellent health before finding them new homes.”


Worcester dropped to 2 degrees last Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Some of the animals were underweight and had minor health issues like overgrown hooves and scabby skin, the MSPCA said.

The five young goats are between one and four years old. They’re pygmies and Nigerian dwarf crosses, which the organization says are gentle and curious breeds.

“The goats will make a wonderful addition to any existing herd—and we expect to place them in pairs or with adopters already keeping goats,” Keiley said.

The 11 chickens are cohabitating with 55 others already sheltering at Nevins Farm, so the MSPCA says it’s particularly keen on finding adopters to make space for others that may be surrendered this winter. The organization said the six ducks, around 8 months old and likely Rouen crosses, are healthy and immediately ready for adoption.

Those interested in adopting any of the critters can submit a form to the MSPCA.

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