Tales of the Bird Man: Disco Budgerigar

Roxy the disabled Poland hen

“Mummmmm! Tell him! I’m trying to record this and he’s spoiling it. Again!” My sister Jean was annoyed. She was always annoyed, as far as I was concerned. She was my big sister. It was probably her role in life to be not only annoyed, but annoying. I mean, I was her little brother. It … Read moreTales of the Bird Man: Disco Budgerigar

Tales of the Bird Man: The ‘No Hope’ Vet

The vet was impressive. She clearly knew her stuff about chickens, having not only many letters after her name but also being an author of books about them as well. I was at a meeting of my local poultry club, where she was giving a presentation about keeping your chickens healthy. I’d already written my … Read moreTales of the Bird Man: The ‘No Hope’ Vet

Tales of the Bird Man: Aloysius

Aloysius

Roxy was my first-ever disabled chick. They can hatch in a worse state than she did. In fact, you couldn’t tell anything was wrong with her at all, not at first, not for several weeks. But, eventually, I noticed there was this one chick, gender still unknown, that was looking obviously smaller than his or … Read moreTales of the Bird Man: Aloysius

Tales of the Bird Man: An epileptic chick sees sky

Holly the Silkie hen and her Poland chicks

The first thing I remember well is staring up at the sky, although I didn’t know then that it was called sky. It was very blue. There were these big, white, fluffy things moving slowly across it. I later found out these were called clouds. I could hear all my sisters and brothers, making noises … Read moreTales of the Bird Man: An epileptic chick sees sky

Tales of the Bird Man: Roxy

Roxy (no, she does NOT drink wine!)

It’s part of her life. It has always been part of her life. At least, as far back as she can remember, and she can certainly remember, because she knows who I am. When the earthquake comes, it is nearly always followed in quick succession by another, and another, sometimes more, before calm returns and … Read moreTales of the Bird Man: Roxy

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