Yassassin Devon Rex

 

Fur & Feathers

Legbar

Peking Bantams and Frizzles hens and trios sometimes available. Please contact me by e.mail.


My love for all creatures, great and small, was obvious from a very young age.

I was lucky to have had a wonderful childhood,  brought up with an assortment of furry friends and scaly oddities..... a Dalmatian called Jana who lived until she was fourteen, a shed full of guinea pigs (they were Mum's)  hamsters, gerbils, terrapins, fish, tortoises, newts, toads, and a rabbit, but no cats.

I've made up for that now !!

I was the girl who carried home - in a basket upfront of a pushbike - the dying crow I had picked up from the roadside; who placed a hedgehog  I'd pulled out of a puddle on the kitchen work surface (which, to my Mother's despair, quickly became coated in fleas !!) who begged Mum to go to my  Gran's to collect snails from her iris bushes to keep in jam jars fed with lettuce; who hatched butterfly eggs in the house, that escaped and covered my sister's bedroom wall with tiny, hairy, black caterpillars !

As a young child I remember saying to my Mother "When I grow up I'm going to fill my home with animals".

My Mother's reply was " You will grow out of it...."

Walk this way ...........

Guinea Pigs

At one point there were nearly thirty living here - people had a habit of dumping them on me when, for genuine reasons, they couldn't keep them any more. In Febuary 2012 our last Guinee pig died peacefully of very old age, at this point I have no intententions of having anymore.

Axolotls

(At home fondly called "The Creatures")

I've always been fascinated by the weird and wonderful, and when I first saw an  albino axolotl in a pet shop I was captivated by this "strange but kind of cute creature". I didn't take the little chap home because I didn't know anything about them. Instead, I went away and did some research.....Along came Lucifer (Lucile?) in 2006, followed last year by a little albino fellow named Pong Wiffy.They eat an abundance of earth worms - which I dig up rain or shine, grow at an alarming rate to reach a foot (30 cms) in length, live as long as a cat, re-grow lost limbs to perfection. Maybe they are strange, but there's something very appealing about them !!

The name "Axolotl" comes from the Aztec language, "Nahuatl". One of the most popular translations of the name connects the Axolotl to the God of deformations and death, Xolotl, while the most commonly accepted translation is "water-dog" (from "atl" for water and "xolotl", which can also mean dog).


Lucifer (or Lucile)

Pong  Wiffy

Nellie

Nellie

Nellie the one eyed racing pigeon came to live here September 2011 after being picked up from the road side and nursed back to health.

Nellie

Nellie after being part of our family for 6 years, is very happy and we just adore her.

THE CHICKENS

I visited Ardingly Smallholders Show several years ago, taking home with me three little Pekin bantams. Sadly only one of these originals is still with us, Amelia - she is a little sweetheart ! A few years back, on my 40th birthday, a single egg she'd been keeping warm hatched out,  Basil Forty ! They now live together.  Basil isn't as laid back as his mother.....he'd pick a fight if allowed, and struts his stuff forgetting he's just  a tiny bantam !! At the other extreme, Smeagle is a very daft, laid back, gentle lavender Pekin cockerel.

Last year four scruffy Salmon Faverolle chicks made their entrance.  They live down the garden in the purple blackberry shed, roaming free during the day.

Hattie, Daisy and Maisie have become very tame, beautiful girls.

The cockerel " HRH Zachariah Cockerel " (so called because he's all the colours of a crown of  precious jewels) is a little more timid. Chickens make nice pets, are creatures of habit, and are far from stupid with very individual personalities. But, they need their own part of the garden as they are naturally destructive and noisy !! In February, H.R.H&nbsb;Zachariah went to live in  a new home,  after a complaint about his very loud cockadoodling !! I made that choice rather than him getting an Asbo ! Zachariah  now lives in a very nice home with his new girls at Mackenade Farmhouses, near the farm shop.

You can see him there, over the fence with his new harem! I wish him  a long and happy life and thank you to his new family for taking him in for me....Nearly two weeks on....Kye and I went to visit Zachariah. He doesn't live far away, so it was more of  a case of plucking up courage, unsure  of what to expect and how I'd feel . We couldn't see him to start with, then there he was, without a care  in the world, pecking around in the middle of his new family. He'd made himself quite at home, the big fellow didn't recognise us, that's ok, as long a he's happy, he was....I walked away with a smile on my face. Zach had come up trumps, and still the King !!

Long Live Zachariah Cockerel !! "Cock-a-doodle-doo !"

HRH Zachariah
Zac in his new home
Amelia

Amelia passed away on 01/07/08. Such a gentle girl, thank you for your seven years of life...


The Salmon Faverolles

Basil

R . I . P 10/06/04 - 05.05.09

Smeagle

Smeagle

Handy Tip : "Scaly Leg mite can be easily and economically be treated with surgical spirit"

Some new girls have become members of the family...three "Black Rock hens"

Gerti - Pixi- & Mrs Pompom !

I learnt that the "Black Rock" (Plymouth Rock X Rhode Island)  male chicks are born with a spot on their heads. Making it easy to pick the cocks out from an early age. Funny things, with a prehistoric look, very different from the  " children's book" Faverolle. They  all  stick together in a little pack, very bold and outgoing, with a definite toe fetish !!!! I must buy some steel toecap wellies !!!

Four little orphan ducklings joined us on 16th June 2009, they were found in a nearby garden.

Wellington and his three girls have decided to stay, and I must say that's fine by me.

I just love them, they are very welcome here.

Wellington and the "Well-lets"

"Stefan The Gardener"

A Final Word

Please think very carefully before taking  any creature into your home. It should be for life, they do grow up, and it's our duty to care for them, finding them just as appealing as they grow older - and allow them to become fully fledged members of the family.

I am always happy to offer advice if I can.....