Moa and her Glorious Rumplecomb

Behold the rumplecomb. Bask in its splendor! The “S” curve in the front stands for Stink. Big Stink, to be exact. She is also known as The Big Stink.
You must whisper “Big Stiiiiink” into her face, for she IS the Big Stink, and she will whisper the secrets of the universe back to you. Then snuggle into your lap. Please pet her keel. Please pet it. The rumplecomb demands.

Some simple things you can do to help fall migratory birds!

DO YOU HAVE A MIGHTY NEED FOR DRAGONS?!I am doing a rare commission auction for a dragon diptych! Holy crow, it’s true! More info and bidding here: https://www.weasyl.com/submission/714963/dragon-diptych-your-character-here-auction(Proceeds to go toward all the nonsense that has broken in my life recently… x_x)

DO YOU HAVE A MIGHTY NEED FOR DRAGONS?!
I am doing a rare commission auction for a dragon diptych! Holy crow, it’s true! More info and bidding here: https://www.weasyl.com/submission/714963/dragon-diptych-your-character-here-auction
(Proceeds to go toward all the nonsense that has broken in my life recently… x_x)

antidarkheart:

Gift art for nambroth of her gorgeous GSD. Rest in peace, Sam.
Enjoy
Art © Me

I think I am doing this right! It took me like 20 minutes to find the reblog button because I’m a fool. x_xTHANK YOU SO MUCH you are so very, very kind to have done this!! My heart explodes with love. Thank you!

antidarkheart:

Gift art for nambroth of her gorgeous GSD. Rest in peace, Sam.

Enjoy

Art © Me

I think I am doing this right! It took me like 20 minutes to find the reblog button because I’m a fool. x_x
THANK YOU SO MUCH you are so very, very kind to have done this!! My heart explodes with love. Thank you!

Here’s some old art I dug up of tattoo designs. Over the years several people have requested wing tattoo designs, and I rather like the look of the ones that go across the shoulders and even onto the upper arms. The anatomy of these is based on a crow’s wings, however, they are generic enough to be used for other things. These show the BACKS of the wings, for those using them. The inside of a wing looks different/has different feather layering.

One set is shaded, and one is not.

The website on the images is out of date. My website is now:
www.featherdust.com

You can totally use these for a tattoo if you like, but please be respectful. I have a few simple rules:
1) Personal use only.
2) These may not be re-used or sold as “Flash” by tattoo artists. Tattoo artists should not display these artworks as their own or as part of a portfolio of original works.
3) I’d love to see a photo. Really! Email a photo if you can/want, I’d be delighted. nam_art@hotmail.com

Gosh darn it

Hi guys, I wanted to apologize for my last post. I just realized I was getting some strange notes and then realized my last post was public.I am pretty terrible at Tumblr notes (private messages). Sometimes I mean to answer them in public and I send them private, and vice versa. And then you can’t fix it because they are GONE FROM YOUR INBOX FOREVER?! (sometimes I don’t get any notification for them but I have like 10 new ones??!) I think I will turn off anonymous asks as that seems to be what I usually get confused about. I am really sorry if I upset anyone. I have been going through some things and don’t always post with the most clarity. I am still learning, as are we all, and truly I have an immense fondness for so many of you that I can not begin to say it all here! I resort to throwing myself upon the earth and flopping around as a means of personal expression. The true meanings are lost upon many (not a joke; as eldarath can attest, I do fall on the floor in elation/dismay/love for the Universe quite often).
What I am getting at is that I am just a rediculous person that really loves her chickens and tries to make art and struggles with life. I regularly wish I was a better person. I’m truly sorry for any offense.

We now return to your regularly programmed art and photos tumblr.

Thats awful, calling a hen derp just cause she wasn't born the same as any other hen, and terribly ableist to folks to were born different too, seeing as the word derp originated from neurotypical people making fun of disabled folks... :/

Hi there. As far as I can tell, and I did research this once— “Derp” as an expression originated in my lifetime, most often online after it was used in a Southpark episode (I had to look all this up). In my time, I had never seen “Derp” used as an ableist slur but instead more of a goofy term. Derperella is a hen and she’s had her name for many years now, and I have actually had many people tell me that her stories inspired them. The truth is that Derperella would have died many times and I was stubbon and worked to save her at great cost, because we do love her dearly, as do thousands of others that have read her stories online. She wasn’t hatched the same because she was very ill. In nature, or under most other circumstances, she would have perished.
This said, I understand that just because I don’t see it used a slur doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, and I do not mean to be insensitive to anyone. I’m sorry if this has hurt you or anyone else. I will refrain from using her name when I post her photos here on Tumblr, if that would be better?

Derperella is a bit broody— she is extra special weird when she’s broody.
Derp is a Salmon Faverolles hen that came out of the egg all wrong.
(video link: https://vine.co/v/MxnAgBHTIOL)

liberatethepokemanz:

nambroth:

Coho (the Salmon Faverolles hen) yawns and yawns and yawns. Each photo is of a new yawn— these are not just rapidly shot photos of the same yawn.
One of the other hens took it upon herself to give Coho’s beard a bit of a trim. Don’t judge.

Careful with that. When a chicken continuously “yawns” it might actually be gasping for air which is a sign of pneumonia. Normally if kept warm for a couple days they recover naturally. Chickens are pretty resilient.

I’ve actually gotten quite a few comments on this so I thought I should address them all!1) Chickens that yawn frequently may actually be adjusting their crop. This can occur if the crop is very full, or if the bird is experiencing a problem such as an impaction or other discomfort. If the crop seems greatly enlarged, or if it is not emptying overnight, or if one can detect a sour or bad odor from the bird’s mouth, it should be taken seriously. If one notices a chicken yawning more than normal, it merits careful observation of general health, feeding and eliminating (pooping) habits.2) Gasping for air, discharge or bubbling around the eyes, nose, mouth, ratting, rales, or gurgling are all signs of a respiratory problem. Chickens don’t “catch colds”— they get respiratory diseases. Nearly all are highly contagious to other chickens and can cause death. If you notice any of these things, take them seriously. Most respiratory issues must be dealt with medically. Most will require medication. Viral respiratory problems are carried for life by the chicken and can spread to any exposed bird. 3) Fortunately, sometimes a yawn is just a yawn! When one observes their birds closely, some individuals will yawn when content. Coho was just winding up a big snugglefest with me when I took these photos. Knowing your birds and observing them will help make one notice subtle problems when they do arise! (chicken arise, arise chicken) I take the health of my birds very seriously (maybe a little too seriously) and work closely with an avian vet as well as doing an obnoxious amount of research on my own. :) If you are ever bored, feel free to check out the Marek’s disease article I wrote.

liberatethepokemanz:

nambroth:

Coho (the Salmon Faverolles hen) yawns and yawns and yawns. Each photo is of a new yawn— these are not just rapidly shot photos of the same yawn.

One of the other hens took it upon herself to give Coho’s beard a bit of a trim. Don’t judge.

Careful with that. When a chicken continuously “yawns” it might actually be gasping for air which is a sign of pneumonia. Normally if kept warm for a couple days they recover naturally. Chickens are pretty resilient.


I’ve actually gotten quite a few comments on this so I thought I should address them all!
1) Chickens that yawn frequently may actually be adjusting their crop. This can occur if the crop is very full, or if the bird is experiencing a problem such as an impaction or other discomfort. If the crop seems greatly enlarged, or if it is not emptying overnight, or if one can detect a sour or bad odor from the bird’s mouth, it should be taken seriously. If one notices a chicken yawning more than normal, it merits careful observation of general health, feeding and eliminating (pooping) habits.
2) Gasping for air, discharge or bubbling around the eyes, nose, mouth, ratting, rales, or gurgling are all signs of a respiratory problem. Chickens don’t “catch colds”— they get respiratory diseases. Nearly all are highly contagious to other chickens and can cause death. If you notice any of these things, take them seriously. Most respiratory issues must be dealt with medically. Most will require medication. Viral respiratory problems are carried for life by the chicken and can spread to any exposed bird.
3) Fortunately, sometimes a yawn is just a yawn! When one observes their birds closely, some individuals will yawn when content. Coho was just winding up a big snugglefest with me when I took these photos. Knowing your birds and observing them will help make one notice subtle problems when they do arise! (chicken arise, arise chicken) I take the health of my birds very seriously (maybe a little too seriously) and work closely with an avian vet as well as doing an obnoxious amount of research on my own. :) If you are ever bored, feel free to check out the Marek’s disease article I wrote.

How would your chickens react if you were in bird fursuit? Did you tried once?
Anonymous

They have indeed seen me wearing a mask before as I modeled it outdoors for photos! They don’t care a bit. They are smart enough to look at it and know it’s not real. They also know the difference between realistic decoys and real animals. Their vision is exceptional, and they can see into the ultraviolet spectrum, so “fake” animals do not “read” correctly to them.

My only birds that sometimes care about my masks are the cockatiels. Two of them turn into freaked-out hiss factories so I make sure not to bother them with my masks. I’m not sure what that says about the intelligence of those two cockatiels. (shhh it’s okay I love you anyway, cockatiels)

Moa is very rotund, and very sweet. She loves to sit in my lap like a large, rumplecomb cat.
https://vine.co/v/MlELEErhKqJ

Here’s a small group of digital badge commissions that I took at AC!

Ajna (third eye tigress) belongs to crystumes
Techekamen (red panda) belongs to Wolfwings
Sawolf151 (maned wolf) belongs to sawolf151
Koden (kirin) belongs to tivadu

CanineHybrid took this video of me at RMFC last month!


I am a doof and didn’t realize that I was being filmed (a lot of the of folks around were taking still images so I was posing often). On top of not feeling well,I had spent the last week at around 10k feet in the mountains and was feeling a bit lethargic overall; I was slow-motion more than I normally am. Normally I’m a bit more bird-like and quick. Oops!
(note: the squeaking is not me! The only sound I make is a solid ‘clack’ when  I snap my mouth shut at one point)

As always, be sure to check out kierstinlapatka as she is the one that made the raptor base that I finished! She is amazing. You won’t be disappointed.

My sincere thanks to caninehybrid for taking the time to record me!!

YES IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!
The Werewolf Calendar Preorders are open! The art this year is simply stunning. The production quality on these calendars is really nice; it’s like getting a print packet that is also useful for things such as counting down the days till Halloween…

Get one soon to get extra goodies!!
http://werewolfcalendar.com/purchase/#calendar2015

Each artist painted their piece just for this calendar! Artists: Kyndir, Nimrais, Vantid, Rhyu, Balaa, Dark Natasha, Nambroth, Rah-Bop, Khaosdog, Beast of Oblivion (not shown— with apologies— can only upload 10 images): Thornwolf, Goldenwolf, Tatchit

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What is your favorite species of owl?