Charlie Kimmel feeds Silkie rooster Beatbox and some of his feathered friends. (Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Charlie Kimmel feeds Silkie rooster Beatbox and some of his feathered friends. (Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Beatbox is a one-rooster welcoming committee

The friendly rooster resides on a North Whidbey farm.

Visitors will invariably be greeted by a large, multi-species welcoming committee at Hilltop Manor Farm on North Whidbey, but one rooster stands out in the pecking order.

Beatbox, a one-and-a-half-year-old Silkie chicken, has gained a reputation for being an eggs-traordinarily friendly rooster.

“He wants to be held — he’s just really social with humans,” owner Charlie Kimmel said.

His wife, Joanna Kimmel, said she first noticed Beatbox’s sunny disposition about six months ago, but he’s begun to shine in the last month.

“Beatbox is kind of our mascot,” she said.

The friendly little bird likes to go on car rides and visit with people. He even has his own dance.

Joanna said Beatbox will sit on a towel on the dashboard of the car and look out the windshield when he goes with them on errands or to drop off Kimmel’s son at school. They blast the defroster so he can feel like he’s flying.

Like a typical rooster, Beatbox is proud and struts his stuff around the yard despite being only 8 inches tall. Coming in at about 2 pounds, he’s not the biggest bird of the flock but his reputation is larger than life.

“He’s extremely confident, but he’s not arrogant,” Joanna Kimmel said.

Beatbox’s name comes from his unique call. The Kimmels said it’s not really a crow, but sounded close to beatboxing and became his namesake.

Joanna Kimmel said that a lot of people are somewhat wary of roosters, which confuses Beatbox.

“He doesn’t understand why people don’t love him,” she said.

They are often surprised when the fluffy gray-and-black rooster comes up to meet them at their cars, she added.

Although he’s very friendly with humans, Beatbox is also popular with his feathered friends. He and his buddy Beatboy, another Silkie rooster, like to hang out with the ladies. The posse clucks around with the rest of the Kimmel’s egg-clectic flock.

The Kimmels have close to 100 birds at their farm, including Sebastopol geese, Polish chickens and crested ducks. Charlie Kimmel said the turkeys are also pretty social.

“A lot of our birds are snuggle bugs,” he laughed.

They also have a few goats, two horses and just got two young rabbits.

The couple welcomes the public to meet Beatbox and the other animals. They said the experience can be particularly helpful for children with autism or social anxiety. Anyone interested in a visit can contact Hilltop Manor Farm on Facebook to schedule a meet-and- greet. Admission is free and visitors can buy a bag of feed to give to the animals.

Visitors can also learn how to collect a dozen eggs for $6 or pre-order a dozen eggs for $4.

Charlie Kimmel said watching kids who may be shy or have trouble learning at school gain confidence by interacting with the animals makes him want to share the experience with others. He recalled a little girl who was timid around the animals at first grow more confident after she met Sir Lancelot the goat.

“Eventually they learn that not everything is scary,” he said.

Joanna Kimmel agreed, adding that the animals know how to gauge a person’s comfort level.

“We were blessed with this farm and we want to be able to share it with everyone.”

Charlie Kimmel holds Beatbox.

Charlie Kimmel holds Beatbox.

Beatbox is eggs-ceptionally friendly. He lives at Hilltop Manor Farm on North Whidbey.

Beatbox is eggs-ceptionally friendly. He lives at Hilltop Manor Farm on North Whidbey.

More in Life

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor couple to celebrate 70th anniversary

The longtime Whidbey residents first met in 1950.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Kathy Hawn has had a police scanner for most of her life. She’s gained a following on Facebook for posting what she hears called over the radio.
Woman listens to police scanner so you don’t have to

Kathy Hawn posts all 911 emergency dispatches she hears in her Facebook group, Alert Whidbey 2.0.

Amanda Ferrara poses with ball python Lemon and bearded dragon Drogon. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)
Whidbey woman has warm heart for cold-blooded critters

Amanda Ferrara owns 14 scaly friends of her own, each with its own unique personality.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Charlie Kimmel feeds Silkie rooster Beatbox and some of his feathered friends.
Beatbox is a one-rooster welcoming committee

The friendly rooster resides on a North Whidbey farm.

Drea Park and her team train for the upcoming Seventy48 race up Puget Sound. (Photo courtesy of Drea Park)
Island couple to compete in 70-mile race

Drea and Jason Park will canoe from Tacoma to Port Townsend starting Friday, June 4.

Photo provided
New member Charles LaFond works on a pottery creation at Freeland Art Studios.
Cooperative studio in Freeland holding open house

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 5.

Photo provided
Rockin’ a Hard Place: A tale about who we are: the life of Chief Charlie Snakelum

In late May, many of us on the Rock enjoy celebrating Whidbey’s… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Laura Thompson
Teen, retriever make top 8 in kennel show

Madison Thompson was one of the youngest competitors in her division of 80 kids.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Members of the North Puget Sound Dragon Boat Club launched their 40-foot-long dragon boat at Oak Harbor Marina for the season on Wednesday.
Dragon boats returning to water

After a year off the water, members of the local dragon boating team are looking for new members.

"In the Orchard"
Gallery’s June show to feature work of artist Doug Hansen

The theme for Whidbey Art Gallery’s June show is “Recycle: Vision Out-of-the-box.”

Oak Harbor resident on Dean’s List for Marquette U

Oak Harbor resident CALLIE NUTTALL has been named to the Dean’s List… Continue reading

Collin’s “Beach Patrol” (photo provided)
Collins July’s featured artist at gallery

Penn Cove Gallery is featuring the work of JANIS COLLINS during the… Continue reading