Hello Pennsylvania! I have been a member here, on the sidelines, for some time. Due to long term illness I have been taking info in but not putting anything out, however, this will change over the next few months and I look forward to meeting everyone and offering any help I can. For the moment, I NEED to ask for help. The best way to explain my problem is to copy and paste the letter I sent to my closest Penn State Extension Office. The individual I addressed the letter to is the adviser to a guinea fowl group I have belonged to for many years, although I have been "inactive" there for some time as well. I was forced to give my guineas away (2005) but kept my chickens, only 5 at the time but I will have guineas again. I currently have 19 chickens and I find that they are sweeter than the guneas and they don't range as far away, and besides being easier to care for, Chickens are CUDDLY! AND, they lay better eggs! Here goes:
"HELLO Dr. XXXXXXXX,
You may or may not remember meeting me, my message board name when I was active was XXXXXX and I live just 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours from State College, in the Poconos. Perhaps you may recall that I remain a XXXX member but no longer have any guineas due to a turn-coat neighbor.
On August 3, 2011, I experienced a catastrophic accident with my car and a Tree. Currently, my activity is limited to inside my house and the doctors are talking about "going back in". I keep Speckled Sussex Chickens - they are considered a "heritage breed". I have had a "closed" flock for three years: the only exposure they may have to any biohazard(s) is exposure to the wild turkeys who occasionally visit our yard. I have been keeping two roosters since July 1, 2011, "Fletcher" and his son, "Russell" who, officially
"changed" from cockerel to rooster on that date. I was carefully "managing" the two to prevent conflict "pre-Tree" but with my limited movement I am now unable to continue close observation into the winter when close quarters may cause the two to come to blows. Additionally, we were blessed with another pure bred Speckled Sussex when a cockerel hatched on July 30th.
I am seeking a new home for both Fletcher and the young cockerel, hopefully with a 4-H member, but at least with a qualified person who can "retire" Fletcher and possibly train and prepare the cockerel for show. If that is not possible, I am happy to just move them to a "safer" environment(s) and, of course, this is considered a "gift". The cockerel, appears to be a lot like Fletcher's son, Russell. This means he will likely be BIGGER and prettier than "Dad"... my Russell is a stunner!
Dear BYC members and moderators,
I have had surgery to fuse cervical spine bones and my brain is a bit jumbled...unsure of whether an interested party can access my email address in my profile on this website. Please feel free to share my email address with anyone, if by some miracle somene here or someone that that they know, can/might offer these guys a home! Kindly accept this note as my written release from obligation/liability.
PA-MAMAHEN (and yes, I hold that Pennsylvania license plate...on the car that isn't wrecked!)