Saturday, February 9, 2013

It has been way too long since i posted some gratuitous chicken love


One of the things i look forward to the most about having a whole day at home, is that i can feel free to let the chickens freely roam the yard, with less fear that they will end the day in sad obliteration.  Today was one of those wonderful days.  Also, it was a beautiful day, weather-wise, and a good chance to take pictures.


This is Chuck.  We got him as a tinsley teenager, and he has filled out beautifully!


Check out that pose!  I'm a sucker for a beautiful rooster.  Look at that gorgeous color!

In the nest boxes, we have Helen, on the left, and Chance, my old hen, the only survivor of our previous flock, on the right.  Helen, to my delight, has gone broody.  A hen who goes broody this early in life, often goes broody over and over and may become a wonderful, human-effort-free, chick-making machine.  It has been a long time since we made some baby chicks around here.  I'm very excited!


Here's a little more Chuck.


Another wonderful thing about this rooster, is his manners.  Did you know roosters have manners?  He looks for food for his girls, and he never approaches one of us humans (the head roosters).  He's very respectful, gentle, and gentlemanly.  I love this rooster!


Here's Chuck, escorting the youngest maiden around the yard, while the older girls lay eggs and whatnot.  Her name is Charlotte.  She's almost ready to start laying eggs.  And she's camera shy, so i had to sneak this picture from across the yard.  She's a pretty girl, isn't she?



Stay tuned!  Hopefully in 3 short weeks, we'll be watching baby chicks follow their new mama around the yard.  Yay chickie babies!


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