This is my original flock! The ladies who made me a “Chicken Tender” (credit to that hilarious Facebook meme). These gorgeous girls have taught me as I cared for them! They stuck by and gave me grace as I met a few stumbling blocks on the way to being the “expert” chicken tender you know today.
Chicken Anne Biscuits
Laverne is part of a pair. She is a black Australorp. Laverne is super friendly, but very curious. She is the escape artist of the pair. Her black feathers have a green sheen to them that really make the Autralorps stand out. She’s a good egg layer and a great hen to have.
Shirley is Laverne’s other half. Her partner in crime, except Shirley never gets into any trouble. It’s obvious anytime that something goes down that Laverne started it. To the untrained eye they are hard to tell apart, but Laverne has the bigger comb. Their eggs are pretty identical but Laverne lays more right now. I love this pair. Black Australorps are a great addition to any flock.
Bree van de Kamp
Bree is a gorgeous Buff Polish. I LOVE this breed for their sassy afro on top and their sweet personality. My Polish are by far the sweetest birds I have. They’re more pet like than even the silkies. Bree is not shy about coming over an begging for a snack and asking to be picked up. ANd of course she’s got confidence with Rock star hair like that.
Henrietta is a Partridge Cochin. You can tell by looking at her that she has RBF (resting B**** face), but the more I get to know her the more I wonder if there isn’t more to her. I’ve always called her my grumpiest chicken because she looks mean, she HATES being held, and she SQUAWKS me out on a regular basis, but maybe I’m judging her too harshly.
Olive is my Blue Favucana. She is named after the olive colored eggs that she is supposed to lay. She is a sweet girl. Lately her game of choice is waiting until I open the coop door and then jumping into a nesting box. I get all excited that she is going to lay an egg and then she doesn’t. Well played Olive, well played.
Fran is a Barred Plymouth Rock. She has a gorgeous pattern on her. She is one of my fat girls (I have a handful of chickens that look like they’d make a healthy meal if I was so inclined–lucky for this particular flock they won’t be on the table–something for another time). She doesn’t care for being held, but she’ll tolerate it. She seems high on the pecking order, but doesn’t give anyone a hard time.
Louise is a bantam Mottled Cochin. She was part of a pair as well, but her partner Thelma was part of a hawk attack and didn’t survive. Louise has a tiny chicken complex and is the bully of the group. You’ll catch her pulling on the other girls feathers and chasing them. SO much so that when she was younger I thought she could’ve been a rooster. She does NOT like use holding her, but if you catch her she will deal with it.
If you liked the Disney movie Moana then by now you’re feeling pretty at home in my flock. Te Fiti was named after the “Heart of Te Fiti” since she lays green eggs. She looks very hawk like, but despite her somewhat startling appearance she is a sweet heart.. She was out second chicken to start laying. She is a very consistent layer.
Poquito is a Bantam Easter Egger. She looks like a little dove. She could easily be mistaken for a regular bird. Funny thing about Poquito, Eater Eggers are known for being able to lay any color eggs, hence the name. So I was super excited when I noticed her squatting. She finally laid an egg and I couldn’t wait for her to get off of it so I could see it. What color would it be? CREAM! It was a puny little cream egg. *sigh*. Still love her to pieces, but what a let down.
Gladys is a Welsummer. My husband has a hard time telling her and Te Fiti apart because their feather pattern is so similar, but their faces are totally different. Gladys is a friendly bird that doesn’t mind a good pet every now and then. Patiently waiting for her to start laying dark brown eggs.
Omelet was one I rescued from a flea market. She was one in a flock of 300 kept inside of a building. She smelled awful, she was dirty and missing a lot of feathers when I got her and she had bumblefoot on both feet. She wasn’t used to having any seeds, corn or fresh food and would only eat her layers crumble. I still can’t get her to take snacks. But she has come a long way. Her feathers are coming back SLOWLY but surely and he feet are completely healed after two “surgeries”.
Cheese is a Pekin duck and she is a STURDY GAL let me tell you. It feels like she weighs a TON. She is a very friendly duck. She’s more skittish than her buddy Quackers, but she doesn’t hesitate to come over and harass me for treats.
Quackers is a Cayuga duck. She is much smaller than Cheese, but still a pretty good sized duck. She is solid black but her feathers have a lovely beetle green sheen. She is the one who follows me around on my heels nibbling on my shoes and begging me for a treat. She is very loud and her most common sound honestly sounds like she is laughing at me–and she might be!
Latte is a sweet Muscovy hen that we rescued from the flea market. She is very quiet and kind of shy. True to Muscovy nature she is very maternal.