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Tuesday
Jun292010

Chicken update

Well, the ladies are officially pullets (or teen-aged chickens). They're living outside in their coop, and have all of their big girl feathers.  Jackie O. is beginning to develop her waddle and comb, while Hermione continues to look like a hawk.  They love digging through the grass looking for bugs and I've been giving them plenty of scraps from the kitchen (so far eggplant skin has been the biggest winner in their book).  Hermionie was even coordinated enough to grab a fly out of mid-air yesterday.  We're waiting on a new fence to be built so we can let them roam around the backyard (with adult supervision of course) but they seem pretty happy in their run, and always return to the coop at dusk to get some shut eye.

 

 

The first few days they were outside (or even a full week) they were pretty hesitant to spend time out on the grass, but are now out there rooting around looking for things most hours of the day.

 

Last Friday, Kyle came home from Egg|Plant, an urban farming store in St Paul that has everything one could need to raise a backyard chicken, with a pretty decent sized box in his hand.  I had sent him there to pick upsome chick feed and what does he come home with? 

 

A baby chicken. 

 

What?!? 

 

Okay, she's not exactly a baby chicken, but a pullet... two weeks younger than our own, and a Buff Orpington by breed.  I was less than pleased about the prospect of a newbie as I've read horror stories about new, younger chicks being integrated and ultimately being pecked to death by their head master (in this case, that would be Jackie O). But the store owner had only the one little girl left and was about to be reduced to begging on Facebook, convincing Kyle to take one for the team.  

Not knowing what this little lady's fate would be, we didn't name her concerned we'd have another burial ahead of us.  The first few days we were on edge;  Jackie O. reared up, poofed her neck feathers and showed the new girl who was boss... but pecking never ensued.  Two nights ago I opened the coop to find all three girls nesting together in a little ball of chicken fluff, and all of my worries melted away.  Yesterday was the first day they all scratched around the run together in perfect harmony, and we're ready to give our little blondie a name.  We've come up with a short list, and would love you to help us out.

 

What should we name our new chicken?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Diana, Princess of Wales
Ingrid Bergman
Mary Kate Olsen
Marilyn Monroe
Results

 

 

 

Reader Comments (5)

Aww, she's all adorable and sort of sad-looking. I love her and hope she doesn't get pecked!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

How about Mrs. Cluckypants?

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelpaolo

What about Debbie Harry since you already referred to her as your "little blondie"?

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermehgan

I would like to submit the write in name of Kimmy Gibbler. You know, for the next one.

July 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

Just discovered your blog and LOVE that you are the ones who ended up with our last sweet chick. Beautiful photos! I showed my daughters the blog too, and they have both voted for you to name her Buffy. She was our favorite, I'm sure you've noticed that she has a kind of crooked toe on one side, and she used to have a big cow-licky feather that curled up out of her back feathers, wonder if that's still there? Looking forward to your next chicken post! Audrey@Egg|Plant, (with Johanna and Mari).

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey Matson

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