Purchased in a group of chicks intended for the use of egg production in a backyard, Robby was deemed as unwanted after being discovered that he was a rooster. Upon this discovery, a few of the people keeping Robby suggested slaughtering him for meat since he could not produce eggs. However, one individual cared deeply for Robby and refused to see his life cut short. This compassionate woman contacted Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge (The Refuge) and it was from this call that Robby became the sanctuary's very first rescue.
Rescued in the Piedmont of North Carolina from a cruelty case, Esmerelda lived without shelter or an adequate food source. Lacking the protection of housing, Esmerelda and her flock were extremely vulnerable to predators. Esmerelda fell victim to her vulnerability and suffered a possum attack when she was young. Upon her rescue, Esmerelda made a full recovery. Esmerelda now calls The Refuge home, a home she shares with her Rooster, Robby.
From their first introduction, Robby and Esmerelda shared an undeniable connection. Robby spent nearly an hour building nests in the straw for Esmerelda and Esmerelda graciously tested each one. Even after all their time together, Robby still builds nests for Esmerelda, by getting into the nest box and rearranging the straw for her.