Millie [Re-post]

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“Millie, a bantam hen.  She is the smallest in the flock and has her own roost up high up in the coop where the other hens can’t fly up and peck her.  One year, she helped hatch three tiny ducklings.”

A reprint of my first-ever post!  (It was published in December of 2012!)

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Making Waves Gets You What You Want

A new Katie Chronicles post!

The Katie Chronicles

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Dear Katie, I am a 10 hand British-style Shetland pony. When it rains it pours.  It has been raining non-stop this winter, and the water is rising in my paddock.  I’d like to go on vacation.  What can I do?  Signed, Trying Not Make Waves

Dear Waves, Go ahead and make some waves.  The problem is that you are still in your paddock, a place no self-respecting Shetland should be.  Swim over to the fence, and go under, over or through it.  It won’t be hard- trust me.  You can find a scenic location with lots of grass and eat continuously until spring.  If they try to catch you–run.  – Katie

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Photo Editing (Abstract Art)

I was making a realistic model horse picture by editing a bunch of photos into the background, and cutting out the fence when I realized that it makes an interesting photo collage.  The fence will eventually end up behind the horse, but I like the surreal feeling it has right now.  The horse and rider are completely unedited, but the background is heavily Photoshopped.

Tiny Hen’s Chicks Grow Up!

Tiny Hen’s chicks are almost grown up now, and are roosting in the big coop!  This is a picture of them roosting on the gate about a month ago.  There are three cockerels, and four pullets.  Left to right: Tiny Hen II (Tiny Hen’s chick), Bluesy (Sparkles’ chick), and Chip (Sparkles’ chick), and Tiny Hen herself.  Her chicks are almost as big as she is!  Sparkles’ chicks have nice long tails, and Tiny Hen’s chicks have nice red combs and white earlobes.

This is Miracle Chick, their father, keeping an eye on the little roosters.  He has nice color and a sweet and calm temperament.  However, he does have one bent comb point from being trapped in his eggshell, and he has his tail partly molted out in this photograph.  He was champion in showmanship this year.  I think it’s rare to have a rooster well-behaved enough to win a showmanship class.  He did crow a lot at the show, trying to intimidate the other roosters.  His crow is fairly quiet, but somewhat shrill.  Only one of his chicks has tried to crow so far (his name is Zip).  My nice camera stopped working, so I will have to rely on lower-quality cell phone photos now.

Here is an old picture of Sparkles (mother of Bluesy and Chip) when she was their age!


Milford at the show this year.  The water bottle was there to help her cool off.


Sadly, we lost Milford to an owl in September.  She was an extremely sweet hen, and Overall Champion Single Comb Clean Legged Bantam at the show this year, and is greatly missed.  She was sitting on eggs that she had laid and carefully brooded for 17 days.  I found the eggs cold the one morning, and another nest of eggs cracked and eaten.  We quickly gave her nest to another hen, Blackbeak.  Miraculously, two of the six eggs hatched–they’re two tiny and beautiful pullets (not named yet).  Milford has a total of four descendents, since Millie also hatched two of her eggs a few months ago.  She hatched one cockerel, and one pullet (named Tip and Trixie).    


<– Milford’s mother: Clover, and father: Tick-Tock.  She looked a lot like her mother hen.

Tiny Hen’s Chicks

 

One of the chicks looking cute.


Tiny Hen’s chicks are growing up, and one is getting blue wing feathers.  One of the other Dutch, Sparkles, mus have laid an egg in her nest.  If it’s a blue rooster, I’m keeping it because it would be 100% unrelated to two of the Dutch hens, Beaky and Clover (but extremely related to Duchess).

Tiny Hen digging for her chicks (all seven of them).


The chicks can fly now, and are flying all over and play-fighting with each other.  They love to dig and eat bugs and worms.  There are definitely at least four cockerels, since four of them are getting black feathers in front already.  One looks like a pullet, since it’s getting cream-colored chest feathers.

Flying.


Sleepy in the sun.