When devastation hits our communities, people look to find ways they can help people who need it, in the best way they can.
There have been donations of clothes and perishable foods aplenty, household goods, accommodation, water, hay and stock food, money, offers of free glasses, and now, chickens.
Jones Island farmer Paul Borizov has been breeding chickens as a hobby for years.
"I usually do about 15 or 20 chickens. I just turn over my chickens every couple of years," he said.
Now he wants to help people who have lost their chooks to bush fire by giving them free chickens.
"If I can help in any way, I'd like to do that," Paul said.
"It's not good to lose animals. It's heartbreaking."
He currently has 15 chicks, ranging from ages three days to four and a half weeks, with one or two more being hatched every day. Most of them are blue Araucunas (they lay blue/green eggs), with a few Isa Browns in the mix.
Paul is happy to hold the chickens until their new owners are able to get new pens ready for them, and he will deliver them free of charge.
"People who have lost chickens, most of them aren't going to have their chicken pen ready. They're going to say, 'look, I want them, but can you hold them for a month or so?' And I'm happy to hold them until they've got their chook pen ready," he said.
If you are wishing to replace chickens lost to bush fire, contact Paul on 0422 658 527 or through Facebook.
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