Saturday, December 04, 2010

Chooks, Take 2

We've been missing chickens ever since we sold our flock at the end of last summer. It's been more than a year since we've had the little cluckers around, but it seems like at least two.

That ended today. I drove to pick up half a dozen assorted chickens from a guy named Russ. He's got 70-80 chickens of almost every breed imaginable, on a small suburban lot. His setup was impressive, and despite the numbers, I think most of his birds had names.

At any rate, six was about all we have coop and pen space for at the moment. We'd love to add more, but then, some chickens are better than no chickens.

With six chickens and six different breeds, we are, for the first time, naming them. Previously, we had a lot of hens of only two different breeds. They were numerous and not really distinguishable. But we thought this time it would be more fun to name them.

So we now have: Sarah (Black Australorp), Emily (Blue Iowa), Sophie (Araucana), Diana (Welsummer), Clarissa (Barred Rock), and Brigid (Speckled Sussex)

(And a million bonus points to anybody who recognizes where those names came from...)




At 12/05/2010 4:01 AM, OpenID daisyfae said...

i could google it (and probably will) but feel compelled to go on record as saying "beats me, man!"

At 12/05/2010 11:00 AM, Blogger Wendy said...

Yay for chickens!

At 12/06/2010 12:14 AM, Blogger Madcap said...

The British royal family?

At 12/07/2010 9:49 PM, Blogger Madcap said...


At 12/08/2010 8:05 AM, Blogger e4 said...

I offered the same million point bonus to friends on Facebook as well, and got guesses ranging from saints to strippers.

It's quite obscure - hence the million points.

They're characters from the Aubrey-Maturin series of books. (The Russell Crowe movie "Master and Commander" was based on the series.) ...Personally, I love the audio books read by Patrick Tull.

At any rate, the little chickadees are starting to settle in. They're learning that the dog won't eat them, and that tasty food scraps occasionally rain down from on high (the raised deck off our kitchen). I leave before dawn and get home after sundown at the moment, so I haven't seen much of them. But they're all on their roosts when I lock them up each night. So I guess they're managing the unseasonably cold weather well enough so far. We should all be getting a break from it by the weekend.


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