I have lived with snakes, goats, sheep, cows, turtles, etc., and miss their company. So when my friend asked me to go for a spin in his Gorgeous Red Ferrari, I said that a trip to the Little Farm in Tilden Park would hit the spot. Nice windy road up to the Little Farm, through the park, all the new greenery and flowers delighted us; it was a great day.
We parked, turned to admire the Ferrari, dappled with sunlight, and started towards the farmlet. Whoa! A hatchback open to a cage with four gorgeous chickens in it! ??? The man with them said he'd seen them when he arrived at the L.F., and had realized they'd been dumped there. :-(!!. He'd gone home, gotten the big cage, and he and his wife were collecting what turned out to be eight chickens. He had chickens at home, and knew the score.
We continued on, met cows, goats, geese, sheep, pigs, more chickens, and had a wonderful time.
As we returned to the car, we saw...oh oh!! ONE chicken. Hmmm...I always carry a blanket for capture and a carrier in my practical Volvo wagon, but there was, no surprise, nothing in the Ferrari.
We called the Park, and after some time found a Ranger who was close, had a carrier, and would come help! Others were not so nice: "Well, she'll be gone by morning..." Geez! This poor hen had been dumped, left behind when her mates were rescued, and deserved a better fate.
Meanwhile, the hen had jumped into a nice lady's car! Bingo! Easy to catch now...but! The Ranger made a grab for her without a plan in place (mainly having the carrier ready and open) and she scooted away. Well, now she's on open ground...The other chickens had let themselves be picked up, but now this lady was spooked. Long story short, she finally hid in a bunch of (alas) stinging nettles, and thought she could hunker down there in safety. So I was able to Slowly reach down, move the nettle branches, and scoop her up carefully, with one hand around her neck (gently). WHEW!!! If she'd not gone into the nettles.....I hate to think....
So! Home with hen in Ferrari! I held the carrier off my lap to ease the bumps. She was quiet.
I always have a big cage in my living room ready for emergencies. So in she went, pretty calm. SWEET chicken! Incredibly beautiful. For birds who had not been loved (I'm assuming; they were dumped and put in grave danger: hawks and coyotes), they looked darn good. Who knows whence and how they came to that spot. Folks often think "they'll survive" when the dump cats, kittens, birds, rabbits, etc. Well they usually Won't!
This is getting to be a long post...but..here's a picture of the Ferrari! And of the Chicken!
Plus, who am I kidding? I have way too much on my plate as it is. But a girl can dream....
The sweet clucking sounds she makes are just wonderful...peaceful and happy!
Anyhoo, I had to find her a great, not good, home, not one where she'd be killed after her egg production dropped or... Called Alice, who has her own little farm nearby. She said that if Hannah got along with the others, why, sure! It looked promising for a while, but when the alpha hen was let in with Hannah, Hannah was attacked. She just hunkered down, and Alice rescued her at once! Not working. But! Neighbor across the street had a mere two chickens, and was also willing to take Ms. H in! I love my neighborhood!! We took Hannah over there and put her into that enclosure.
All seemed fine for a bit, but then Hannah demonstrated her excellent flying ability...and this enclosure had no roof. But...guess what? We had a third option!
A friend with a sanctuary/hospice near Santa Rosa said they'd take our gal! The best of all possible worlds! We're off to Santa Rosa tomorrow! Meantime I'm spending the day with Hannah on my lap!! I'll certainly miss her!!