He walks on his knees. Sorry he's a guinea fowl but I hope that chicken owners can see his story too.
When Dawn hatched, he was just a normal keet (guinea chick)
But at 11 days old we woke up and he was lying down with one foot in the drinker. We thought he hurt himself trying to fly and separated him to get better. 6 weeks later we wondered why he wasn't better yet. By this time he was very skilled at scuttling around on his knees and used his wings for balance. For a year almost he tried to keep up with the others and he was very reckless and rubbed a lot of his wing feathers off. Then we got him a silkie chick for a friend(Twinkles).
But he got bumble foot in his leg. And the silkie turned out to be a rooster. So we advertised on Gumtree saying we wanted a crippled guinea or chicken. That's how we got Sunrise, who has a backward foot and splayed leg.
Sorry this is the only photo I could find of Sunrise.
Since then to straighten Dawn up we made him hammock
This is his third hammock.
And when December broke his leg Dawn was the perfect companion for him.
Dawn has many other friends in the flock including Summer, his keethood friend, who always stayed with him as a keet, Cloudy, his brother who has splayed leg and comes to visit him, and Sunset, the once-lonely Lavender guinea hen who is December's newest girlfriend and who Sunrise tries to follow. Twinkles now thinks Dawn is a hen and tries to mate him.
Dawn is very tame but also stubborn and reckless. He loves life and he loves it when we let him out so he can scuttle down the hill at top speed until he finds a nice grassy patch to rest.
Edited by gguineasfamily - 1/7/15 at 1:42pm