Portrait Gallery 105


Smuley & Mr. Myrtle

My name is Suzanne and my husband Miroslav and I have the pleasure of having two lovely pet roosters that live in the house with us, Smuley and Mr. Myrtle.

I think that roosters have a bad reputation and I would like to tell our story so perhaps others will ADOPT roosters and enjoy them as much as we do.

Smuley was adopted by us in 2009 with his brother Cohen who sadly passed two years ago. They were the best of friends and went everywhere together, such a pair of cuddle monsters we've never seen; of course you had to cuddle both at the same time! But that was easy since they were the smallest roosters we had ever seen. Our adopter called them Bantinies!

When Cohen passed we felt that we had room to give another chicken a home. We called our adopter, Chicken Run Rescue (CRR) in Minneapolis to let them know that we were ready for a hen for Smuley. The search was on and in August of 2012 Mary at CRR called us to say they had just rescued a disabled black silkie hen named Myrtle. Poor Myrtle was the result of excessive breeding by a person who just wanted to crank out as many chicks as they could to sell to feed stores and other places. He was then purchased by someone who didn't know about proper nutrition and didn't notice until he was 4 months old that he was disabled, at which time they found CRR (Thank Goodness) and placed him there. When CRR got Myrtle they discovered that he was malnourished and had a congenital defect caused by a malnourished hen producing too may eggs. His left leg sticks straight out to the side and he could only flap in a circle. We felt that we were still the right home and could provide the special needs of Myrtle and took him home with us.

We soon discovered that Myrtle wasn't a hen when he let out with a hardy crow!! Smuley didn't seem to mind that his new friend was not what he was promised and accepted him just the same. Mr. Myrtle, as he was renamed, is happy and engaged with all that goes on in his house, whenever Smuley follows us upstairs or out of his sight the crowing begins! Mr. Myrtle has no idea that he is disabled and with a few adjustments on our part regarding his housing and play areas he no longer gets frustrated by flapping about.

It is not true that roosters are aggressive to people and other pets and cannot live together with other roosters. There are so many loving roosters out there looking for their forever homes I hope our story will encourage others to ADOPT as we did. We will always have roosters as part of our family. They are cuddly, soft and loving creatures who look at you with such adoration it just melts your heart.




Suzanne Skokanek


Smuley & Mr. Myrtle