|Official Name||Red Breaster|
|Common Nicknames||Crimson Pecker, Dawn-Waker, Bloodcrier|
The Red Breaster is known across the farming world for many things. Its greatest claim to fame is its close relation to the now extinct junglefowl that helped create it and its close cousin, the Common Farm Chicken. It is also noted for its shrill, powerful cry that marks the rising of the sun each day, said to be the most powerful of any bird. They are also known for their fiery-colored plumage, the Red Breaster is a staple of many farms in Anglia and beyond.
The Red Breaster as a species emerged some time before the Cataclysm. Most scholars and members of the School of Husbandry believe that when the Ailor reached the Regalian Archipelago, they bred their Common Farm Chickens with an already present variation on now extinct junglefowl, resulting in the bright red plumage seen today on the flightless bird. Scholars theorized that the junglefowl reached the Archipelago on slaving vessels from Daen or perhaps some earlier wave of Ailor migration to the Archipelago. Regardless of it’s Pre-Cataclysm origins, the animal is far more established in the rise of the Regalian Empire. As the Empire rose and expanded, so too did the Red Breaster and by 100 AC, it was a firm part of any large farm across Ailor-settled Aloria. It remains the same to this day as an important part of any farmer’s chest of essentials.
The Red Breaster stands at a constant height just under a foot and a half tall with small wings barely two feet in diameter. The bird possess all the same features of a chicken, two small and scaled four-toed feet, a small bobbing head with two red eyes and a slightly curved beak. The coloration of this animal is what makes it special as down from the head and across the front of it’s body are two large and prominent streaks of red and orange-red plumage interspersed with dots of black feathers. These black feathers make up the rest of the body while the fowl’s wings possess some minor spots of sun colored feathers.
The Red Breaster has a clear distinction between male roosters and female hens. Males possess fleshy wattles just below their beak and at the tip of their body but both are small, barely longer than half an inch away from the body. Roosters also possess a large and very prominent tail of black feathers, many stick straight up and arch back due to their own weight. By contrast, females are smaller in size and lack the prominent tail that males do. Their own wattles are also much smaller than males and barely protrudes up from their feathered bodies.
Life Span and Development
Red Breasters are born like all types of chicken, from eggs hatched by hens. Emerging from their eggs as fluffy black puffs with a weak form, Breaster chicks mature over a matter of days and weeks into adolescence. After a month has passed, their soft down has gone to be replaced with their first feathers and their natural instincts come in. Throughout this time, hens mother their chicks minimally, letting the young creatures learn things for themselves. Red Breaster chicks are known for their enjoyment of heights, often trying to get to the highest place and tweeting at their fortune. By the end of three months, the chicks are full adults and they gradually drift away from their mother. Red Breasters can live for up to ten years but often die within their first few years, whether it is for meat, an accident or a wild animal has gotten to them.
The Red Breaster is much in the mindset as its cousin, the Common Farm Chicken. The bird is dull, without much intellect or sophisticated mental pathways. The bird pecks when it eats, pecks when it drinks and sometimes pecks at things it finds curious or that it hasn’t seen before. The trait that does make it different than the Common Farm Chicken is its unique relationship to the sun. The bird often lets out an extremely loud crow in the morning, performed by males on the highest object they can reach (this cry can also be done by females when in distress). This call is why the bird is called the Dawn-Waker as some myths tell of this bird being the creature to wake the morning sun. This is incorrect, as instead, the Red Breaster has developed a unique relationship to the sun itself. Flocks of hens and roosters often try to keep to the largest path of open and sunny terrain as possible when on a farm, hating when it rains or other activities disturb their vision of the sun.
Territory and Groupings
The Red Breaster can exist in flocks anywhere from five to five hundred without much difficulty. The animal has existed as a domestic for over three centuries and that has allowed them to exist in harmony in large numbers. Flocks do stay under 100 on most farms due to the aforementioned predisposition towards sunlight that the birds possess. These flocks are not controlled by any one hen or rooster but rather the humans who are able to herd and the animals around when needed.
- Red Breasters are often said to go mad when an eclipse, running around in circles and cawing incessantly. This has led to a popular Anglian child’s story about a little Red Breaster chick who believes the sun has gone out and he gathers a group of animals to go tell the Emperor.
- Red Breasters are known to Velheim groups as Bloodcriers due to how the bright red streaks down the animal’s front start at the eyes, thus making it appear that the animal is crying blood.
- Red Breaster meat is often rumored to have a natural spice to it and many Anglian chefs maintain this myth through the use of covert spicing of the food.