This is Beetley, a black Australorp – her name coming from the lovely green sheen to her feathers.
‘Heads or Tails’ – This is Wispy and Gully – a Light Sussex and Splashed Australorp.
Kormy – a buff Plymouth Rock ( dancing ?)
This is Roasty. She is one of the ‘Chief Chicks’. If she is too wicked then I threaten to eat her for sunday lunch – hence the name…!
Titch – originally the ‘runtiest’ of all my chicks – and one who has suffered from hen-pecking. She is a tremendous character, and is very adept at pinching crispy bacon from my rolls…!
This photo really shows off Fluffy’s beautiful feathers – they have a blue-laced effect.
Fluffy is a beautiful example of a Rhode Island Red – I believe her to be ‘Head Hen Honcho’…..
This is Scratchy – a buff Plymouth Rock – and another of the chief chicks – she has an impressive comb and wattles – and they are a really rich, dark pink – so I expect she is laying eggs again.
Gully, my splashed Australorp, is the most endearing and tame of all my bantams – and I am extremely fond of her. She can be terribly ‘doopy’ sometimes – but is an expert at jumping up to snatch cheddar cheese from my hand. This inquisitive expression, with her head held up high, is her trademark look – and I love it
This is an old photo of Izzy – short for Gizzardy ( and much more attractive) She is another sufferer of feather – pecking, and was much too busy with her head down scratching on the lawn today to pose for the camera.
This is Wispy, my Light Sussex. She is a bit of a loner. Very beautiful – but the least tame of all my bantams. Her soulmate, a fellow Light Sussex, was returned to the farm after two weeks of buying her – when it was discovered early one sunday morning that ‘she’ was in fact a ‘he’…. Wispy used to cuddle up to her friend every night on the outside perch of their coop – and I don’t think that she has been the same since he went. She avoids me and the camera if she can – so this is an older shot.
I still fondly refer to my Bantams as ‘Chickies’, even though they will be 3 years old in May….
I have 10 left from an original 14 -:
4 Rhode Island Reds
3 Plymouth Rocks
1 Light Sussex
They lay eggs that are small in size but full of flavour, and so fresh that they poach in a minute with creamy, succulent whites and rich yellow yokes. Luckily I collected six eggs today, so I am hoping that the longer days will bring them all back into lay.
They each have their own characters, and a pecking order which I have still not quite fathomed, although I have worked out several levels in the hierarchy. Hens can be very spiteful to each other at times – especially when feeding, and I have had quite a few problems with feather-pecking ( resulting in a couple of odd-looking Rhode Islands !) I have always marvelled at how the lowlier hens are willing to accept their lot, and allow their ‘superiors’ to eat all the best scraps. Happily, they are all friends though at the end of the day when they huddle up on their roosting perch together…..
Taking photos of my chickies is not easy – as they don’t stay still for very long. This meant that I could not get a good picture of all 14 today – so I have added some older images of the missing ones.