This is Sonny. Lore has it that the entire sanctuary started with Sonny. The owner got him when he was a chick and raised him in her house. He is quite the people person, in that he LOVES people AND he thinks he IS one. He follows us all around the barn and loves to be picked up, cuddled and talked to. I never thought much about barnyard birds until I met Sonny and realized that they all have their own, distinct personalities. Sonny was my main man until very recently when I found my snuggles and attention divided between him and ...
PHIL! Phil was an urban chicken who was supposed to be a girl (hence his name "Phyllis Diller"). The family he was with treated him like a pet and cuddled him a lot. They were very sad when he grew up to be a rooster which the city ordinance prohibits-hens only in town for noise reasons. So Phil came to live at the farm. He loves snuggles even more than Sonny (although Sonny gets wicked jealous when I'm holding Phil so he stomps around all puffed up and pouty until it's his turn).
I love these two pics of Phil. He stands up as tall as he can to 'talk' to people, then settles back down a little more 'lump-like' when he's chillin'. He reminds me of the Snerfs on the Muppets. (Kudo's to you if you know what that means before you click on the link and watch the video.) Phil likes it when I sit on the steps with him in my arms and rock him in my arms. He tucks his head down the the crook of my elbow and drifts off to sleep. What a cutie.
Phil and Sonny are such social creatures that they have been chosen, along with Clark and Diana, the mini goats, to be sanctuary ambassadors at the Children's Museum on November 5th from 1-3PM. Stop on by and meet my little buddies! We'd all love to see you!