Lady Avariel, Gold laced Wyandotte chick at  6 Days old

Lady Avariel, 6 Days old

Title: Lady Avariel
Breed: Gold Laced Wyandotte
Hatch Date: June 29, 2015

Peep: She is relatively quiet, but when she speaks she has a mid-range chirp.

Avariel

Avariel

NamesakeLady Avariel’s namesake is the winged sub-race of elves known as the Avariel, in the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) universe. The Avariel are one of the most elusive and slimly-populated races in this universe. They are so rare in fact, that scholars have dismissed their existence entirely from time to time as simply a myth. They do indeed exist still, in small remote colonies away from civilization up in hidden mountaintop locations, and a few small groups spattered throughout Faerun.  After they first migrated to Faerun, they were hunted to near-extinction by the dragons and evil races, which accounts for both their reclusivity and their thin population. 

Avariel are strikingly beautiful and have large, soft-feathered wings that span from 6-12 feet. They are generally around 5’9″ tall and have pale skin with large eyes and exceptionally delicate features. 

I chose to name Lady Avariel after this race because she is beautiful, quiet, and shows less interest in human contact then most of her sisters. While she’s not a total mountaintop recluse so to speak, she is indeed shy, and seems to prefer observing from the outskirts of the flock when I’m interacting with them, rather than actively participating. As she’s maturing she is becoming a little more social, and will eat treats out of my hand with the others. When she’s held she’s docile, and seems pretty content to perch up high and watch everything.

Hobbies: Lady Avariel enjoys stretching out under her heat lamp to warm her beautiful wings, and eating treats daintily.

Pecking Order: Lady Avariel is neither high nor low, but I am still figuring this out as I don’t see her part of the ‘mini challenges’ I see with the other girls.

Bio: Lady Avariel was the absolute last to get named, because it truly took me a while to get a read on her. I felt like she was always evasive, and didn’t want to interact too much, and I wound up naming most of the other chicks a good week before she got her name.

Lady Avariel, Gold laced Wyandotte chick at  6 Days old

Lady Avariel, 6 Days old

In her first couple of days here, she was roaming around and allowing human contact as much as the other chicks, but after several days her shy nature seemed to emerge with me. When the other chicks would be bubbling and tripping over themselves when I stuck my hand in the brooder to give them treats or interact, she would mull about seemingly disinterested and peer at me from a distance. 

Lady Avariel, Gold laced Wyandotte chick at  6 Days old

Lady Avariel, 6 Days old

So it did take a while before I got to handle her and know her better, and still, I feel like I know her the least of all the chicks. It is only in the last several days that she will come to eat from my hands, so I am curious how she will come to develop over time, and if this is just some shyness she will grow out of, or more just her personality.

Either way I feel strongly that she will always retain some part of her Avariel-like qualities, and leave me feeling lucky and honored when she comes to see me or lets me hold her. I imagine her to be reserved and prefer observing the other ‘races’ with interest.. but from the safety of her own comfort zone, behind the rest of her flock.

Lady Avariel, Gold laced Wyandotte chick at  6 Days old

Lady Avariel, 6 Days old

Despite this, when I got her in front of a camera, she turned into a total ham. She was one of the most pleasurable chicks to photograph because of this, and gave me quite a few hilariously cute expressions.