Thanks for the tag @5rfarmoregon
I would love to play along for #chickthrowback hosted by @urbannarnia
This throwback is a tribute to Banshee. She was one of our first 5 chicks we purchased when I was forced to quit my job as a veterinary technician 4 years ago. I had been diagnosed with Lupus, I couldn't keep up anymore. I was starting chemotherapy and needed something to keep me busy.
Banshee was "normal" when we purchased her, but at about 2 weeks old, her beak began to look deformed (pictured 1st). Most of my research and inquiry told me she wouldn't survive and that this was a genetic flaw. They told me she'd starve and that she would never be able to get enough calories to ever lay an egg.
Armed with all that knowledge, I couldn't bear to give up on her. Giving up on her, felt like I would have to give up on myself as sick as I was. So needless to say, I dug deep and put all my energy into making both of us "functional" beings and succeeded!
After weeks of trial and error, I figured out she could eat wet food from deep bowls. In time, she was able to transition to a 5 gallon bucket half full of feed. She was doing fine. She bonded to me through the struggles and became more of a pet than a chicken. She taught me to "speak chicken" and understand their behaviors on much deeper levels. I loved her so much.
Her crossbeak never held her back. She was a boss and the most compassionate chicken I've know. Every quarantine I set, she broke to be with the lonely critter.
At 11 months old, she laid her first egg. She was as surprised as I was!
She lived and laid for 3 years years before vent prolapse took her from me. Even in her last moments, she taught me so much. She lives on through her daughters and granddaughter today. I can confidently say that her crossbeak was NOT genetic, but her awful singing voice was! Banshee was the chicken that brought me to really love chickens. She taught me to accept and cope with my "new normal" and to never give up on living life to the fullest. Rest in Peace, Bansee. I'll never forget you ♥️#throwback #crossbeak #scissorbeak #chicken #chickenlove #specialneedschicken #Lupuswarrior #chronicillness #missionspringshomestead