On January 3rd, we were contacted by the Animal Placement Coordinator at the local shelter. They had another rooster that had been picked up by Tacoma Animal Control on December 28th. We immediately put the word out on our social media trying to find this rooster a home. No one came forward, so when he was still there on January 7th, we pulled him from the shelter and brought him to sanctuary. This spunky little guy seems feral. It is obvious to us, that he had been living in the trees for quite some time and was in no way familiar with people or the domesticated life! He is a bantam rooster, so he is tiny and flighty. Our best guess is that he is around one year of age, as he has undeveloped spurs. We decided to name him Elvis, our spunky little rock star, not even realizing that Elvis's birthday is January 8th! Guess it was meant to be.
He was treated for mites/lice, dewormed, and is now in quarantine. He seems to be in pretty good shape for having lived on the streets for probably months. He's a beautiful cream colored bantam with gorgeous black tail feathers. Elvis is the most fearful chicken we've come across to date - right in line with Charlotte. He doesn't weigh more than a couple of pounds, so he can fly pretty high and does not like it when humans come around. But from everything we've seen out of him, it's not aggression, it's fear. With all the flying around he did, his comb got a little bloodied, but that will heal quickly. Now we work with him on gaining his trust. Several times a day, we go out and stand near him, just to show him we mean no harm with our presence.
Elvis does not understand the concept of going in the coop at night. With other chickens, they usually figure it out within 2-3 days. After nearly 2 weeks, we are still having to catch him every evening and put him in the coop for safety. However, it is getting easier! It only takes one of us now and only a couple of minutes. We're also being sure to hold and handle him often so that he gets used to us and realizes that we are not a threat. With lots of time and plenty of patience, we will earn his trust. He might even make a good house roo! To donate to Elvis's care, click the PayPal link on our main page. Thank you for all of your support!