The landowner of the property I've been camping on came by about two weeks ago and though he said that he didn't care that people were camping on his property, he informed us that the property had been sold and up to 100 acres of old growth ( or so I've heard more accurately, "second growth" ) cedar forest will be cut down for commercial development. When he learned of the people camping on his property, he petitioned to give us time to vacate - and won us to the end of the month.
STILL, I have no connections to help me move out of this forest, nor do I have anyhwere to GO. If I have to, I will downsize to minimum of three chickens ( I can feasibly live on the street with three chickens and keep them and myself healthy ), but that means that twenty-six birds would still need to be able to find homes! If anyone wants any of my chickens ( excluding Bo, Bowser, and Monster ), please let me know who you have a fancy for. I'll list the individual birds at the end of this entry.
If you know anyone - or if you yourself has - acrage that could host a rooster rescue ( I will not take in more than thirty birds at any given time with exception to five quails equalling one bird ), I would dearly love to know that. However, remember that I'm located in the very southern edge of Tumwater, Washington, and if offers for hosting me and my boys is any further away than about 30 miles, I will need help transporting to the new location.
My favourite place that I lived was on ten acres of old growth forest down Old Highway 99, and was a two story house with large living room, kitchen, dining room, garage, and second-story covered porch. My own, personal room was literally a large closet, with a desk taking up two walls with cupboards and drawers, and a matrass took up the rest of the floor space - no windows, and it was on the bottom floor with no working hall light, so the room, if lights weren't turned on, was pitch dark and accommodated my awkward sleeping habits quite well - I've never been as well rested, and as prone to sleeping a strict 7-8 hours per day ( though I was working on a 26-hour day most of the time, it would seem ) in all my life.
In this environment I was able to produce a great deal of artwork and put a lot of work into organising my thoughts and ideas into viable uses that I will pull off of to make publishable work in the form of written and graphic novels. I still plan on pursuing an artistic career, but in the mean time, I SHOULD have a SMALL income ( less than 200$/mo ) in the coming months IF I have access to a phone and computer for writing and sending emails to those which I need to keep in contact with.
The birds I have, which will be needing new homes in the worst case scenario are...
NOTE: ALL BIRDS BUT THE GIRLS AND FAVEROLLES ARE HARNESS AND LEASH TRAINED. ALL BIRDS SLEEP IN KENNELS AT NIGHT AND ARE COMFORTABLE INSIDE THEIR KENNELS. ALL BIRDS RECIEVE REGULAR NAIL, SPUR, AND BEAK TRIMS VIA DREMMEL TOOLS AND DOG NAIL CLIPPERS. NONE OF MY ROOSTERS CROW, BUT THEY WILL WHEN INTRODUCED TO NEW ENVIRONMENTS, AND WITHOUT PROPER DAILY INTERACTIONS AND HANDLING, CONTINUING NOT TO CROW IS UNLIKELY AT BEST.
Lightning - 1/2 Ameraucana, 1/8 barred Plymouth Rock, 3/8 Rhode Island Red; 1 year old; Standard size ~7lbs; Lightning is skittish and doesn't care to cuddle too much, but when his feathers are fully grown in he is a beautiful golden colour that glows in the light, with a dignified beard and two tiny wattles barely noticable within it. If you want a breeder, Lightning is for you - he's practically a serial rapist with anything that moves, but he would be too rough to put with bantams, and he WILL go after smaller birds first. Nitey is his best friend, and Nitey typically does well to keep Lightning in check. His crow is of mdoerate volume and short, but may get louder with age.
Nitey-Night - Australorp / Wyandotte cross; 1.5 years old; Standard size ~8-10lbs; Nitey is reluctant to be picked up, but will cuddle into you given time and persistance. He has a soft, flat rose comb and large wattles, and is easily the most beautiful chicken I've ever met. Featured as the first in the "Artful Chickens" deviation, his plumage starts a dark brown under his comb, fading into a brilliant gold at the end of his cape. His belly and thighs are black with orange spots, saddle is a vivid orange-red, and when tail is fully grown in, is large and flowing with black irridescance of green and purple in the sun. Nitey came to me a little underweight, and has only put on a little bit of weight since he arrived in my flock, so he might be a life-long slender bird. Nitey MAY revert to dominant-minded behaviour if his owner is fearful or doesn't uphold their own dominance in the flock, but he's shown no aggression towards me. Nitey's crow is long, loud, and with a song-like quality with a soft gasp at the very end.
Dirky-Doo - Australorp cross; 3.5 years old; Standard size ~10lbs; Dirk is very dominant-minded, and will take an experienced handler to keep him in check. If he senses a weakness in his owner, he is prone to charge, but if you don't show fear and you work with him every single day, he'll flop into your arms and soak up the cuddles. He's a proud leader and proven protector of his flock, chasing off hawks and eagles in his previous home, but his people were afraid of him, so he chased them off, too! He's a beautiful irridescant black with shimmers of green and purple, with a large single comb and large wattles, a lemon-yellow cape, and birchen saddle. Dirk currently has an ear infection, which I'm treating with hydrogen-peroxide, though I doubt the infection will be gone any time soon without proper antibiotics. I seem to only be keeping the infection at bay. Dirk's crow is loud and of the classic "cock-a-doodle-doo" rhythm.
Cheswick - Aseel cross; 1 year old; Standard size ~6lbs; Cheswick came from a fighting ring, but wasn't a very good fighter so was doomed to die. He was used as a bait cock because of his timid nature instead of the blinding aggression that's saught after for fighters. Bait cocks are used to "get blood flowing" in fights, as the first rounds just to get birds and crowds going. He was terrified of all other birds when he came to me, but now is a functional member of my flock who only fights as much as a peck or quick tussle, but never ever draws blood. Dirk is his best friend, and Cheswick follows Dirk around everywhere, right at his heels. Dirk is large enough that Cheswick doesn't hold a chance of beating him up, and I think Cheswick knows that, since he's never even tried. Cheswick is grateful for his human companionship taking him out of the ring, and shows it by cuddling up in your arms when you pick him up, though he still has a lot of recovering left to do. He's still skittish and sometimes "erupts" with anxiety, suddenly leaping in the air, screaming and flapping, and he chases off all the other birds, but after chasing everyone off, he'll calm down again. He still looks pretty mangey, and his new feathers are only now just starting to come in, showing a beautiful black tail, red-and-black speckled breast and thighs, a red-orange cape, and bright orange saddle. His comb is, unfortunately, a pea-comb glob that flops from side to side, but it doesn't harm him in any way. Cheswick's crow is loud and shrill, but short.
Loren - Bronze turkey; 5 months old; Standard size 13lbs?; Loren is a little awkward being picked up, but once in your lap he'll sit and give you turkey-hugs where he wraps his neck around yours and goes to sleep while being pet. I've wanted to try raising and training a turkey for awhile now, and with Loren I was able to succeed. He's able to be walked on a leash like a dog ( except where a dog should walk beside or behind you, you need to walk behind Loren in order to "herd" him along ), and he'll sit on your arm like a parrot, or, as I've done, on the front of my bike. He loves little birds - I raised him with quails - though he sleeps with the big birds. He may not be suitable for a yard with bantam females, though, as he's shown desire to mate with them. When with bantam males, he's quite submissive to them and likes to hang out with them. He has NOT been around other turkeys, though, so I can't vouch for how he'll behave then. I do know that Loren HATES cars and if the vehicle is not one he's familiar with, he will chase after and attack it!! Loren is totally flight capable and loves roosting up high ( such as on the top of my tent or in the nearby trees ).
Streaker - Rhode Island Red / unknown bantam cross; 4 months old; medium size ~3lbs may get to 4-6lbs; Streaker is not totally grown yet, and chickens tend to favour averaging their size nearer their standard parent if bred between a standard and bantam pair. Streaker looks like a typical Rhode Island Red with a leander physique, a little more colour in his feathers, and black speckles on the front of his comb and wattles with a black beak as if he's spent his whole life eating blackberries. He recently sustained an injury to his head, and has been a little challenged when it comes to balance, and for a short while began obsessively scratching his neck until he slashed it open, but he's been treated for the injury and now all that is left is a small scab and a large section of missing feathers. Streaker LOVES to cuddle. He just loves, loves, loves nothing more than being carried around like a baby, scritched all day long, and cuddled. He'll close his eyes and lean against you, and when carrying him around, he'll fall fast asleep, his head dangling like a ball on a string. Streaker's crow is juvinile at best right now, but he'll probably sound like a full-grown adult when older.
Squeaker - black Cochin; 4 months old; bantam size ~1-2lbs, max weight 3-4lbs; Squeaker is quite dignified and thinks quite highly of himself. He's the boss of all the Littles, and what he says goes!! His feet are more fully feathered than any bird I've ever seen, and he's so soft to the touch you'll wonder if you're even petting him. He likes to be off on his own, bossing around "his" flock, but will sit contently in your lap if he really, really HAS to. He has a black beak with a tiny white tip, and his feathers aren't quite irridescant, but more of a very, very dark grey - whether this is because he's simply in his adolescance and will become irridescant later or not, I can't say. Squeaker has not crowed yet.
Spangled - buff Silkie; 6 months old; bantam size ~2-3lbs, max weight 3-4lbs; Don't let him fool you, this silkie is hardly a silkie. It's clear he's been crossed with SOMETHING, as he has a pure red face, a comb that's just not quite right, and his feather's are much more solid and wirey than what a silkie should be. Still, he has blue feet with five toes ( though the toes are fused at the base ), he's feather-footed and looks like a tan puff ball as he otherwise should. He's a little skittish in new environments and may nip at a hand grasping for him in his kennel, but consistency with handling him will quickly and easily break the habit. Spangled is INSEPERABLE from Squeaker, as he follows Squeaker around everywhere, and Squeaker, well... he tolerates his subordinate following him around, and since Spangled doesn't put up a fight, he's a pretty good subordinate. Spangled's crow sounds something like a strangled horse, but will likely fill out with age.
Hal - dark Cornish; 5 months old; bantam size ~2.5lbs; Hal will hardly fuss at all, and almost never makes a peep when being picked up. He was raised by a small child who loved him dearly, but couldn't keep him once his boy-status was evident. Hal, like Dave, is a vivid irridescant black with deep mahogany undertones, but unlike Dave, Hal's face is less bald and square, he has NO wattles, and only a small comb, and vibrant orange eyes. Hal's crow is similar to Dave's.
Toby - black-breasted red Old English Game; 5 months old; bantam size ~.5lbs; Toby is the smallest chicken I've ever met, but with a personality that more than compensates for it. He struts around the yard with the big boys, and even tries to take on Cheswick ( and has learned that when Cheswick's on his leash, Toby can run just to the end of it, then taunt the poor guy! ). He refuses to eat with the little guys, instead leaping up to snag bites out of the big-boys feeder, though he likes to hang out with the Littles when the Bigs are obnoxious and mean. Toby loves riding shoulders, and will happily even snuggle in a pocket or a purse, singing praise the whole way for his trips! Toby's crow is small and segmented, though he tries to pull it off as big and loud with his posture!
Donnie - silver-spangled Hamburg; 6 months old; standard size ~4lbs, max weight 4-6lbs; Donnie is very skittish, as he came from a terrible upbringing, but he'll let you pick him up and cuddle with him. Put him on your shoulder, and he's unlikely to leave, and once the initial "trauma" is over with, he'll gladly sit on your lap if you're preening his neck feathers that he can't get to himself! He may bite at night time when reaching into his kennel, but like Spangled, time spent handling him should cure him of this habit quickly. He hasn't bitten me in three months now. Donnie's crow is loud, sharp, stacotto, but short.
Lucas - salmon Faverolles 4 months old; standard size ~3lbs, max weight 6-10lbs; The youngest and friendliest of the Faverolle brothers, but he still thinks life is ending when he's being picked up. Time spent with him will help change this behaviour. He has not crowed yet.
And those staying with me NO MATTER WHAT...
Bo - 1/4 barred Plymouth Rock / 3/4 Rhode Island Red; almost 3 years old; standard size ~5.5lbs; Bo is a big, silly dork, acting like the sky is falling one minute, and snuggling the next. His crow is so quiet, you'd think you were hearing a rooster several blocks away when he's right next to you!
Bowser - Cornish / Dutch mix?; 2 years old; bantam size ~2.5lbs; Bowser LOVES cuddles, and LOVES going for trips. His crow is loud, but sounds like something being strangled and has no resemblence to a rooster's crow AT ALL.
Monster - Ameraucana; 1 year old; standard size ~7lbs; Soft, fluffy, cuddly, and cowderly are all great words to describe Monster. He's sweet and personable, loves being pet and cuddled, and is an all-around goofball and GORGEOUS to look at! His crow is fairly typical, but seldom heard.