THERE comes a time where every bird must leave the nest. For Champion pets, roosters Lewis and Gilbert, that time was Friday.
The spritely and rather vocal pair have lived with us since we moved to an office in Lansvale last year.
Due to their regular bouts of spirited "singing" and out of respect for our neighbours rehoming the pair became a priority.
On Friday they were moved down the south coast to Disposable Heroes Rooster Sanctuary where they will live out their days with abandoned or abused roosters.
Champion staffer Jennifer Edwards became the rooster's office "mum", feeding them daily.
"We'll miss them," she said. "I could hand-feed one of them but the other was a bit shy."
Ms Edwards said the birds arrived in the office garden last August, at first with their real mother and little brother and sister.
"The mother abandoned them after about three weeks and we've cared for them since," she said.
"The littlest boy was sadly run over and the little girl broke her leg and Angela [another staff member] took her home. The boys remained our pets. I fed them every day. They were very loving and liked company."
Mandy Andresen, of the sanctuary, said roosters were amazing birds.
"They're so quirky, brave and beautiful. We just want to give a home to as many of these guys as we possibly can," she said.
"Our sanctuary officially launches in May but we've got a few lucky early arrivals — like your boys.
"Why roosters? While everyone loves to have hens around not many people are interested in keeping roosters and many councils won't allow them. That makes for a lot of unwanted birds.
"Hatcheries that produce laying hens actually kill all the hatched roosters as soon as they can be sexed because they're no good as table birds.
"The sanctuary will be a loving forever home for abandoned, unwanted and mistreated roosters."