Friday, 6 January 2012

Frodo's tale

Frodo
Now as regular readers will know, I am a bit of a sucker for a sob story. 
At least 30 animals on the field arrived as a result of being neglected or unwanted, and most have blossomed into healthy, happy and in the case of the "Crackhead whores" productive birds, who have all started to lay after a few barren and somewhat bald months.
Yesterday I received an email from  a woman in Shropshire, who had rescued a predominantly blind bantam cockerel from a farm after he was bullied by the resident cockerels and the farm children who delighted in throwing stones at him..
She had heard , through a mutual friend that I keep poultry (and probably that I am a soft touch) and wondered if I could help her
Frodo, apparently is a bit of a character. Before being re homed at the farm, he was one of the star attractions in the petting zoo at Alton Towers, subsequently he is tame, loves human contact and a cuddle, and now is almost fit enough to be re homed

I have a spare run, and the Rhode Island Red who had a stroke would make him an ideal companion so of course I have emailed Frodo's rescuer and have said yes. 
She was lucky, I think, as her timing had been pitched just right. With the start of the New Year, and the faraway prospect of better weather, I am beginning to feel more like my normal, more positive self.
The dreadful 2011 is now behind us

37 comments:

  1. Alton Towers? Does this mean you'll be installing a roller coaster to help Frodo feel at home?

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  2. Is it a stupid question to ask why Alton Towers abandoned him?

    Poor Frodo - at least he'll have someone who cares now.

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  3. I think he was rehomed from Alton Towers to this farm

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  4. I can see a best-seller in all these animal stories! Well done, let's hope you don't have TOO many such emails in 2012.

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  5. Another lucky critter finds his way into the sanctuary.

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  6. Good for Frodo...and good for you. Looking forward to hearing how he settles in...

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  7. Well done John,
    Frodo is one lucky bird.

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  8. You will have to put up a sign now saying, "Home for abandoned Chickens."

    Good for you though taking in another waif and stray.

    Gill

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  9. John's Farm seems like the perfect place for him to be re-homed! He is very pretty!

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  10. Trying to bite my tongue about the farm children.
    Jane x

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  11. I know of a very old cockerel, a few heart problems and a prediliction for distilled grain, is house trained but prefers the outdoors and can perform simple tasks without the necessity for undue supervision and can also be surpisingly intimidating when it comes to protecting its brood.

    Got a spare bunk for it?

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  12. Doing good is always a great way to start something new!

    Prayers for a peaceful 2012

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  13. I'm glad to hear that things are looking up! I can already see you sitting by the church wall once the sun shines again, with a blind but content Frodo nestled into your lap. Good.

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  14. That's what I love about you John. Another good deed for an animal that needs your kind of care. Thank you for being such a committed person!

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  15. With a name like Frodo you can't go wrong John - he will certainly fall on his feet when he reaches you.

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  16. I'm sure it has been suggested before, but your stories would make a great book.

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  17. 'And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year.....here, have another chicken.....' ;-)

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  18. Frodo is one lucky bird! I'm sure you'll spoil him rotten with affection :-)

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  19. You are so lovely and kind John, I know you think you are a soft touch and you probably are but there's nothing wrong with that.
    Look forward to more pictures of Frodo...
    Briony
    x

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  20. He'll think he's won the lottery ;)
    Your a good egg John-the-Dogs.
    ~Jo

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  21. Lucky Frodo. Sounds like he's gonna make it to the magic ring.

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  22. Another addition - how wonderful! He's a fine looking boy.

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  23. He's very handsome. I'm sure he'll bloom and prosper as all do who end up at your door.

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  24. No farm kid in my experience throws rocks at animals. That might be something their ignorant cousins from the city would do before someone grabbed them by the ear and set them straight. Like me.

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  25. ((((hugs)))) to you John, you're feeling more upbeat and you've rescued another feathered friend down on his luck! Welcome Frodo to John's menagerie! I wasn't to thrilled about the farm children either (Jane and Chris and Jan B) a little discipline should have been the order of the day!

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  26. Glad to hear things are starting to look more positive, John. Here's to a wonderful New Year for you all. ♥

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  27. "an ideal companion" Great line... Hmmm could you find me a mate as well please?
    SWF 55+ lives in California but willing to be retired and live off the largess of a nice man anyhwere the standard of living is such that I can retire and rescue... well HIM!
    Hugs and happy New Year!
    Ruth

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  28. Sucker.....bless your heart, I would have done the same...
    Cheers Peter

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  29. Well done Frodo!!! You hit the jackpot at last!

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  30. Let's hope Frodo has conquered Mount Doom for you both and 2012 will be a much better year.

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  31. Seems there is always room for one more. Lucky cockerel.

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  32. Hooray John! It gladdens my heart to know I am not the only sucker out there for a sad animal.. ;) Lucky Frodo!

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  33. Yay! Lucky Frodo. Shame on those kid's parents.

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  34. The names...I love the names of all these various characters out in the field. You know Frodo goes west to Valinor at the end of his journey right? To the home of the original gods? Did you have any idea what you were taking on when you bought your place? And come to think about it, what does that make you? :-)
    Dxx

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  35. I agree with Brit in Tennessee.

    As for those children, good thing i wasn't there--i'd be serving gaol time.

    megan

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