This disabled chicken is getting the new wheels she always wanted thanks to Walkin’ Pets.
They say that names tell a story, especially names given to your pets. This chicken is called Granite Heart, so there’s a few things we can draw from that. Either this chicken has the kind of fortitude that can only come from having a heart made of stone, or she doesn’t actually have a circulation system made of blood.
What we do know about Granite Heart (courtesy of People) is that she’s 2 years old, 1.5 pounds, loves cuddles and oranges, and was born with a genetic defect in one of her legs that prevents the tendon from moving. This means that she has never once stood on her own two feed or used them to walk anywhere.
This doesn’t mean she’s completely immobile--she gets around by either hopping on her good leg or taking very short flights with her chicken wings (chickens can fly, in case you never knew that).
About a year ago, Granite Heart and her siblings were attacked by weasels in their chicken coop. Granite Heart somehow managed to fend them off with her one good leg, but her sibling wasn’t so lucky. That’s when owner Sarah Wood decided to bring Granite Heart inside and make her an indoor chicken.
That’s also when she reached out to Walkin’ Pets, a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in pet mobility. Normally they make wheelchairs for disabled or injured cats and dogs, and Granite Heart would be the first time they’d given the gift of wheels to a bird
But it was a challenge they were up for. With Granite Heart’s help, they created a custom made wheelchair just for her that lets her get around with the kind of mobility of all other chickens. It took some time for Granite to learn how the wheelchair worked, but now she’s zooming all over the place.
Walkin’ Pets plans to expand their line of custom wheelchairs to include other birds as a result of Granite’s success. We hope to see the first turkey wheelchair in the next few years.