After forgetting about this blog for 2.5 years, I have decided to start writing on it again. This year’s chicks are Puffin, Spicy, Della, Fluffy Tail, Griffin, Icy, and Ivy. The first batch of five chicks we raised in a brooder. The last two, Puffy and Spicy, are being raised by a hen.
Owl and Dragon, two chicks from this year. Owl is a Welsummer and Dragon is an Orloff.
Dragon (despite the name) is very cuddly and naturally tame. Owl is a little more energetic but is sweet, too. The hen didn’t want them (see below) and because of her nasty pecking, they are now under the brooder light. Owl enjoys sleeping under Dragon and they are very attached; they call loudly when one is taken away from the other.
When the “big hens” see the chicks, they make “disapproving wing” at them – have you ever seen when hens see something they don’t like and drag one wing while informing the subject of their disapproval who’s in charge? When the chicks see the hens, they run for cover- who wouldn’t be terrified after being pecked by a big, crabby broody hen? The hen, however, continues to be very devoted to her eggs, sitting on them and clucking softly to them all day long.
Buffy, a Buff Orpington hen.
Snowball, a bantam Cochin hen.
Two hens, Henny Penny and Dot, scratch in fallen leaves.