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Poppy was born March 2020 a happy and healthy chick. He came home with seven other chickens to make the first flock of eight for the Stone-Shumaker family.

At one week old it was discovered that Poppy's beak was not aligned. In time, the beak became more and more severe and Poppy was was not growing at the same speed as the rest of the chicks. 

Tricia, Poppy's Chicken Mom, knew that something had to be done in order to help Poppy grow like his siblings. Tricia became part of an online support group specifically for special needs cross beak chickens. Tricia learned to make food that she could successfully hand feed Poppy.

Poppy continues to thrive, with the help of Chicken Mom.


Poppy in People Magazine


Hanford Sentinel

Poppy Made the Front Page


GeoBeats Animals Interview

Viewed more than 150,000 times

Cuddle Buddies Interview

Highlights Poppy's work as a speech therapy assistant

Fort Hood Book Event

Traveling Crossbeak Chicken Visits Fort Hood. Texas

Interview with GKJ Publishing

Author Awareness August 2022

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