Sunday, April 10, 2016

Prince Little Feather

So, a couple of weeks ago, we covered the fact that I have fans.

Yes, I have fans!

What I found out yesterday is that I have a very, very, special fan.  We'll call him Prince Little Feather.

He's too young to follow us on Facebook, but little did I know he's been enjoying the pictures and stories here on the blog.

So, Prince Little Feather...

     Peek-a-boo... I see you... 
                       actually, you see me (but that doesn't rhyme).

Henny and Roo

This is just a quick shout out to Henny & Roo.

Henny & Roo is a great little program where you get a monthly box of poultry products.  Some are full size, some are samples... but all the items are perfectly practical if you are a chickenista.  It's a great way to try new things and add to your chicken supply closet.

Billie Holiday shows us just a few of the items that were in my Henny & Roo box this month.

Spring is Springing!

I can't say, "Spring has Sprung," but it is definitely springing...

The grown up chickens are certainly enjoying the sunshine, and exploring all the fresh green things popping up in the yard!


Happy together...

So, as you know... or may not know... or may have known and forgotten...

We have a bunny.

She's a sweet, little bunny... but has been all alone since she came to live with us.

Last week I moved our four January babies to an outside coop and introduced them to living with the bunny. They freaked out a bit at first, but that certainly didn't last long.

Bunnies mark things as "theirs" by rubbing their chin on them.  I noticed one late afternoon, when I threw in some celery for snack, that the bunny was rubbing her chin on the backs of the little chickens. I think she thinks she's a mama, and I'm not telling her otherwise.

Other than the bunny gorging on chick feed and the chickens pecking around on bunny treats, all seems to be going well.  I even made a swing for the chick kids to play with... but that is freaking them out a little bit too.  Perhaps in time they'll embrace the fun of that as well.


All good things bear repeating

and so I repeat (both in word and in deed)

Oops... I did it again.

Maybe this time I should say,
                                     Ooooooopps... I did it AGAIN!

So last time I introduced you to my 3 Marans and 1 Ameraucana; Ella, Etta, Bessie & Billie...
                                     (They are doing great, by the way.)

This time, I am happy to introduce to you their brooder mates.

We (perhaps I should say, "I" but "we" sounds so much less incriminating) have added 3 Salmon Faverolles and 2 Easter Eggers.

The Salmon's are Chenille, Chiffon and Chambray. :-)

I think Chiffon (center) thought I said, "The Chiffons."
She looks like she's about to "Do the Locomotion."
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Next are the Easter Eggers, Caramel & Truffle.

Easter Eggers are a mix breed chicken designed to lay colored eggs (anywhere on the spectrum between blue, blue-green to olive green.)  These will likely lay blue eggs, because they were sold as Ameraucana chickens (a breed that lays blue eggs)... but they are clearly NOT Ameraucanas.  I knew that as soon as I saw them, and was OK with getting Easter Eggers because I want to add more colors to my egg varieties... but I feel bad for people who don't know the difference (which apparently includes this particular hatchery.)

Just to show you the difference, here is a picture of the two new Easter Eggers next to the one true Ameraucana I have.  Clearly, they are not the same breed.  I was hoping to get Billie Holiday a couple of like-breed friends, but that just isn't the way it worked out.

One of these things is not like to other...

All of these newbies are breeds that will develop puffy cheeks and beards, so that will add some visual variety to the flock as well.