Seeing the World Through a More Compassionate Lens
Having difficultly seeing his new world around him, at first dear little Peaky Blinders would scoot away at the mere hint of our presence. But now not so.
Although we are yet to completely win the little chap over, we have found grapes are a great negotiating tool!
Hampering our kindness, though, beyond the years he spent in a horrid and barren wire cage, is the massive “blob” of enlarged, highly vascularised skin tissue that blinds his eyes. Better known as a comb or crest, these walnut-shaped and mulberry-coloured ones are distinct to the Silkie breed.
And alas, in dear Peaky’s case, they can so often impede the hapless animal’s ability to not only see, but too their ability to breathe, as eyes and nostrils become obscured.
For just shy of those most unusual Silkie combs are the most unnatural of skulls of some. With the skull’s main role to protect the brain, the skulls of these gentle birds alas do not always fill that charter. For selective breeding has introduced a “vaulted” skull. The hole in the top purported to produce an animal with a larger and more “fashionable” crest of feathers on their head.
In extreme cases, this can result in what is known as a herniated skull. Which, as the name suggests, sees the brain protrude through the opening. Its only protection, a thin layer of skin and feathers.
As dire as this all sounds, it too informs us that once we sit back and, devoid of self-interest, contemplate our actions and impacts, only then we can do better and see the world through a more compassionate lens.
Little did we know, on the first night we met Soldier, that the inky darkness of the sky above was to be foreboding of her fate. She, patiently waiting roadside with the humans who had come to her rescue after the vehicle collision that had rendered her immobile.
With his glistening red comb flopped outrageously over his eyes and his body ensconced by the most silky soft of feather boas, made of the real deal, Earl’s haute couture may not look out of step on the catwalk of Fashion Week or even the cover of Vogue.
Whilst it is hard to define, it is easy to feel, just what makes Special special. For it takes but a moment with this happy-go-lucky little chap to intuit this.
With no need for a Coco Chanel creation or Gucci accessory, our Paris and Nicky Hilton are glamourous girls.
Within metres of the road the tiny bird fluttered and flipped. At first thought to be a grey pigeon clipped by a fast-moving car.
As farmed animals, in the scheme of things, it never ends well for them. And every action thus far afforded this mother and child had fuelled their point of view.
There is little doubt Brunswick is a beautiful bird. His magnificent plumage captures the eye, whilst the brilliant radiance of his comb and wattles sets the heart a-flutter.
Around 4.40 pm on the 11th of January 2023, hope met the reality of our promise, as the last Silkie rooster was removed from the tiny wire prison that had been his home for heaven knows how long.
Just over a week on from that fateful day when the plight of hundreds upon hundreds of sweet Silkie chickens came under our radar. And so too our kindness.