My name is Nicole and I had the immense privilege of being Tilt's person "Mama" for the past 41/2 precious years. I met this incredible boy when he was 5 weeks old and his story is one of hope and love and compassion. Despite being rescued from the most horrid of situations, born into a genetically modified body that was designed to serve him for just 5 weeks and suffering a chronic sinus infection, Tlilt LOVED LIFE. He loved people and other animals and had so many adventures. He was cheeky, funny, intelligent, a huge personality and sooo very handsome! To me and to the tens of thousands of those who have been touched by him. Tilt represents the love that continues to arise in this often cruel world.
Tilt passed into the next realm on February 21st and I feel his spirit with me so strongly. It is important to me to create a legacy in Tilt's honour that will enable chickens to connect with people in the way that Tilt has.
Please join me on Tilt's mission to expand Rosie's Hospice of Compassion.
What is Rosie's Hospice of Compassion Incorporated and how does this relate to Tilt?
Rosie's Hospice is Tilt's home and my home.
In 2017 I converted my house into a hospice for disabled and palliative chickens. The Hospice is named after Rosie Hen who allowed me to see the strength in her struggle. RHOC provides care for sick, injured and palliative chickens as well as hosting Meet the Chickens Picnics, Vaccination and Health Care Days and Meditation Groups for Animal Carers. The Hospice is also home to an army of rescued guinea pigs, 3 senior rescue dogs, a personality - packed flock of flightless pigeons and several rehabilitated wild birds who now live freely in the garden. Tilt's legacy will enable the Hospice to expand our work in a way that celebrates and respects the individuality of each animal. To see the current work of Rosie's Hospice and some of the chickens who have benefitted please visit Rosie's Hospice website
Tilt's plans for the Hospice are exciting and filled with his energy of love, adventure and world -wide connection. With the support of Tilt's friends we can expand the Hospice, to welcome volunteers and visitors. We will maintain and grow our gentle, interactive education events to make the world a better place for chickens.
Here are the plans!
Tilt loved building projects. In another life, I feel he was a Tradie! No one would be more proud than Tilt to see these plans put into action.
In its current state our Hospice is a bit decrepid, There are structural works that need to be done to improve practicality for the chickens and to enable volunteers and programs to run safely.
The area that houses our disabled crew is fit for purpose with soft beds and all sorts of equipment designed to meet their medical and emotional needs. However, there are other areas that need a lot of work! My time has been spent caring for many special needs chickens including Tilt while working to cover the operational costs of the hospice which include high quality vet care, holistic treatments and employing a professional carer to look after the gang when I work.
Tilt's passing has shattered my heart but has also given me the time and the determination to take this Hospice to the next level. The one thing that is holding me back are the funds to improve the infrastructure. This needs to be done in order for the growth of the Hospice and to welcome volunteers and visitors and enable the programs to grow.
Here is an outline of how funds will be used. As each project commences I will add photos and updates.
Project 1: Quarantine Area - This space will be constructed with a separate entrance to the current hospice room. It will have an airflow that is isolated from the hospice rooms and look out onto the rear garden area. It will be warm and peaceful and comforting for new arrivals.
Project 2: Reception. This room was formerly Tilt's bedroom. This will now be the entrance to the Hospice for volunteers and visitors. Windows to be replaced with a sliding door. The room will double as a meditation studio for animal lovers. This will be the room that our international weekly meditation groups for animal carers are broadcast from, and the place that every person visiting the Hospice must walk through and decompress before meeting the chickens. It will be a room that radiates peace and calm. This room will also double as a treatment room for visiting holistic practitioners and veterinarians when treating the chickens.
Project 3: Storage Shed. For wheelchairs and all the equipment that we currently can not fit in the house. We have some wonderful equipment to help chickens. It needs to be stored in a way that maintains this equipment in the best working order for years to come.
Project 4: Guinea pig lounge! Tilt adored his guinea pig army. He loved to be outdoors guarding his "piggy ladies" . Titl's piggy army roam freely in the garden of a day and are locked up of an evening. I would like to build a secure area in their night space with a couch for people to sit and connect with the piggies. They have come from pounds and bad situations and will benefit from spending quiet time with caring humans.
May Tilt's great love and energy continue to live on in his friends and supporters and manifest to benefit all chickens. Thank you with all my heart. Tilt's Mama Nicole
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