Tuppence was missing when I got home last night. I found her in the same place she was this time last year when she was clucky. She’s been keeping six eggs warm. She was a bit upset about being disturbed so I left her with one. I doubt we’ll be getting much from her for the rest of the year, except shit and feathers.
#bantam #australiangamebantam #backyardchook #housechook #shitandfeathers
On case your wondering who this Rabbit is that I keep going on about... this sad little waif of a thing is Rabbit. She is a weak sickly creature who I think is a.bit stunted. Very light. But she is a fighter and keeps going. She has no neck and reminds me a bit of an igor type character.
So lots of special treatment, ramps built, special meals, and the occasional wash to get the mud off.
#stuntted #slow #sickly #littlebird #bantam #hen #belgiumbantam #specialcase #littlemore
It's incredibly rare I get this close to Rose.
She's spooked by most things including her own shadow (I have genuinely seen her freak out after the sun popped out from behind a cloud). It seems she and I have fallen so easily into the dance I had with Nancy... coaxing, whispered i-love-yous, screeching, inelegant flapping, more whispering... and the sudden stillness of a hen working out her next move while I hurriedly stroke her feathers, knowing the countdown to a squalky freedom-break is on.
I never really gained Nancy's trust and I feel I will yearn for Rose's acceptance in precisely the same way... muttering sulkily about her when cuddling somehen else; occasionally lunging for a snuggle when the desperation overcomes me and immediately regretting doing so as she slips past my outstretched hands; feeling a jolt of excitement when she comes within a metre... and wondering how long before she scoots to a safer distance.
Nohen could replace my squeaky peep but when I see Rose stand tall-necked and alarmed at my proximity, I catch myself smiling fondly at memories of my darling Pie.
This evening Rose sat in the door of the run for a while and honked contentedly as a sunbeam reflected by our bedroom window lifted her coppery tones to match the retreating rays.
I told her she looked beautiful and she hooted at me warily, eyeing up my phone as I snapped her picture for #fluffybuttfriday
She might one day cuddle me voluntarily, or maybe just stand on my shin and preen perhaps... but if she doesn't - as long as she copes when I need to have hold of her - well then I'll just have to respect that.
Have a marvellous evening #instagramchichickenfam
#chickensofinstagram #backyardhens #chickensinthegarden #ukhens #pekin #chickens #ukchickens #chickenkeeper #urbanhens #bantam #happyhens #petchickens #chickensaspets #orpington #hensofinstagram