Ann handing Dorothy over to her new caretaker, Jeremiah, who runs a sort of sanctuary for roosters and other birds.
I know it was an odd request but this community came through! We had three potential homes for Dorothy and chose a sanctuary run by a trans man who has a real touch with birds -- a real chicken whisperer, we think. Thank you, mntleo2, for hooking us up with this gentle soul!
Dorothy gets fitted with a harness.
We drove over 100 miles yesterday to deliver Dorothy to her new home. We brought Dorothy, a kennel, 100 pounds of chicken feed, and a new harness for her (all the birds in this sanctuary wear them).
We knew we had found a good match when Dorothy just melted in Jeremiah's arms. She immediately felt comfortable.
This morning, our backyard was so quiet. The remaining hens are missing their friend -- and so are we. But it was a pleasure to see that Jeremiah had posted pictures of Dorothy on his Facebook page. So we will still see her this way and get news of her adventures! Yesterday, she went for a car ride while Jeremiah's friend waited for his truck to be repaired and was very happy.
Dorothy, riding in cars, with boys!
If this story teaches us anything, it is that gender in nature isn't simple. Also, kindness offers solutions to all sorts of situations. It does! You all are very kind -- and Ann, Dorothy and I thank you.