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September 24, 2006

Simon and the gypsy chickens

Filed under: Travel in the U.S. — Heligypsy @ 2:51 pm

I’m sorry to say, in the only chicken update I’ve written – there is some bad news. To anyone reading this who might not know, we transferred our adoption rights of the wonderfully wild Key West gypsy chickens to some good friends of ours when we moved last May. I am kept apprised of current chicken happenings, and Kathryn and I have laughed and gossiped for hours about the goings on in chickendom. So, it is very unfortunate that I am to report that for no apparent reason Simon failed to return from the woods with his hens – that was about two weeks ago.

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The search for him turned up no evidence what so ever, not so much as a feather, he just disappeared. I am sorry that he is no longer with us, he was such a fun rooster to watch and listen to. I made recordings on the last day these chickens owned us, I had to preserve Simon’s “IMA rooSTER” crow that has always put a smile on my face. (unfortunately wordpress does not support sound files, I fully intended to link his crow on this blog) Poor little dog brain, Zoester really freaks if I playback the recordings ….her head cocks sideways, dog-ear pointed as straight as it goes. This morning she pawed up on the window to look out, she is so confused by where her chickens are!

I could post a hundred pictures of Simon and his lovely flock of gypsy chickens – but if you want to see them, just check out our webshots – I think if you click the pics here it will take you directly to the page.

I started a blog about the gypsy chickens – there are only a couple stories left on here, but if you are unaware of our life with these wonderful birds, it might catch you up. I am always grateful for all the time I got to spend with these creatures – I will raise chickens again, I do know that 🙂



  1. I’m so sorry Simon flew the coop 😦 Hope the hens are doing well.

    Comment by JennH — September 25, 2006 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

  2. Hi, I have kept chickens often — love fresh eggs — had them all trained to a bell that I would ring when it was time for scratch. used to amaze my friends, couldn’t see a chicken anywhere, then I would ring the bell (like an old ships bell) and chickens would come from everywhere — what fun.

    I couldn’t find an e mail address on your site, I am the inventor of this product and I am putting it out in the RV world — check out my site, let your friends know.

    Thanks, Doyle

    Stay Warmer This Winter with a Candle Heater

    A Northern California inventor has created a small space heater powered by a single jar candle. The device consists of a multi-core steel and ceramic radiator suspended above the candle on a steel frame. The heat of the candle is captured and concentrated in the center of the radiator assembly by an internal solid steel core. After 20-30 minutes the outer ceramic surface begins to radiate the captured thermal energy into your room or office.
    This device, the Kandle Heeter™ Candle Holder, is ideal for RV’ers. It is compact (a little larger than a Coleman™ lantern) and sturdily constructed with no moving parts. Another bonus is that the soot associated with burning candles is captured in the interstices of the radiator and is easily brushed or vacuumed out.

    The inventor, Doyle Doss, is quick to point out that “It is only a candle” when asked “how big a room will it heat up?” But the thermal energy of the candle does transfer through and you are able to add the heat of the candle into your space heating needs. “You are not going to heat up a mansion with this,” he goes on to say, “but it does make a significant difference in a small well insulated room.”
    All RV’ers know that our space heating options are pretty restrictive. Our well insulated environments often mean that even a little heat makes our space just too hot. This Kandle Heeter™ may be the very device we have all been looking for — a means to add just a bit of heat (very inexpensively) that keeps “the chill off” without prompting us to open a window. Besides, now we can have the ambience of that “miniature fireplace” we have all wanted.
    Very reasonable priced at $25.95 the product is available exclusively from the manufacturer on the web at http://www.heatstick.com. The website is very informative with lots of pictures, testimonials, explanations, and informative mini video clips. The Kandle Heeter™ Candle Holder may very well become a standard item in every RV’ers unit helping us to stay warmer on chilly nights in both winter and early spring.

    Comment by Doyle Doss — September 27, 2006 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  3. Hello Paula!
    Sorry About Simon- It seems that the times of change must be in the air.

    Bossy left Pricilla. Just like that. One day he was there, and the next he was gone. Flew the coop. Hasta la Vista, see ya.

    I have not seen a feather around since then! I have asked all the neighbors and no one has seen him. The good news is no remains have shown up, either. I am Confident he just got the Old Key West Wanderlust and decided to meander around the neighborhood.

    So, Last Weekend my dad brought up Cecil, a white silky rooster. Now our girl Pricilla has a man again! Since Silkies are flightless (as you know) It looks like he will be sticking around. they have a nice big run and a cute little barn to play in. we have electric wire on the outside at the bottom and the top to keep predators out. We have quite a few coyotes and opossum and such.

    So there you go. Of the original 3 we got, it looks like just Pricilla stayed. I just LOVE her! and she is over the moon about her new man. 🙂
    Hope all is well! miss You!

    Comment by Amy — October 5, 2006 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  4. If you’re looking to put audio on your site, do a search for the PodPress WordPress plugin. Good luck!

    I’d LOVE to hear your rooster. I had pet chickens when I was a young lass and to this day chicken/rooster noises make me smile all the way to my toes.

    Sorry about the disappearance. I feel for you, let us know if they turn back up.

    Comment by Jennifer Gniadecki — November 5, 2006 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  5. Awww .. I’m so bummed .. you’ve flown the coop and now Simon has, too! I have 2 doz hatching eggs in my incubator, shipped to me by Kath from her new place in Homestead, FL (did you know she’s an avocado rancher now?!?), and I found your blog and pictures about your KW Gypsies .. I’m hoping to locate some hatching eggs closer to home for future expansion .. but you mentioned your friend who has your Gypsies now .. wonder if you’d be willing to put me in touch with her??

    Enjoyed reading your blog .. you and Keith are really living the Life! :))

    Have fun, be safe ..

    Comment by David — June 12, 2008 @ 3:29 am | Reply

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