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Dawn's Story(crippled)

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This is Dawn.

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

After 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
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Awwwwww, he's a sweetie!    :love  I love the hammock you made for him, and got him his own buddy as well!   Thanks for sharing.

mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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I'm glad that Dawn is happy and has you to take such good care of him.  I love those Guinea wattles.

CHICKENS: to name just a few Cochin, Orpington,  OEG, Russian Orloff, Brahma.  Also have geese and cats
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  SEE MY  CHICKEN PAGE for even more photos

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CHICKENS: to name just a few Cochin, Orpington,  OEG, Russian Orloff, Brahma.  Also have geese and cats
  SEE MY BYC PAGE  for photos 

  SEE MY  CHICKEN PAGE for even more photos

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post #4 of 9

Nice story and I love your bird names!

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Thanks for the replies!
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What a wonderful story. Rumples would fit right in.

 

 

My avatar is Rumples when she could run and she is a tail less Ameraucana.


Edited by Scrambles55 - 1/10/15 at 8:35am

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Dawn passed away on the 23rd of September 2015. Sorry it's been a while and I haven't updated lately, but he lived a good life and scuttled around of his hocks for 2 and 3/4 years and God took him when he was ready. More photos coming soon.
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I am very sorry for your loss. You gave him more than most chickens would have gotten. A good life. Rumples is still alive and has raised several broods.

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Originally Posted by Scrambles55 View Post

I am very sorry for your loss. You gave him more than most chickens would have gotten. A good life. Rumples is still alive and has raised several broods.

Thank you, I'm glad to hear about Rumples. I hope everyone can that crippled pets deserve to live too.
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