When last we spoke of the chickens, the reality that we were looking at a flock divided evenly between hens and roosters was unbeknownst to us.
My hope was for a pretty flock. One with different colours and shapes. Heritage and hearty breeds. A barnyard mix as it were. I should also have included the wish that they all be chickens of the female variety. 8 laying hens.
While we work to right that ratio to make it a liveable situation for both the chickens and the humans on this homestead, I thought it would be fun to introduce some of the ladies that are here for the long haul.
This is Pearl. She is one of the quiet ones. To my way of thinking, she maintains her sense of chicken dignity and doesn't tend to get drawn into petty battles over who gets the most kale or spinach. Raisins are a different story however. And don't try and mess with her spot on the top roost.
Next is Penny - one of our Black Copper Marans. Much like Pearl, Penny displays a laid back attitude to most situations. Unless those situations include cucumbers or carrot peelings - then the gloves come off. And at the end of the day, when the top roost is full, she just hops on up and shoves another off the end.
The one with the pretty golden feathers in this pic is our Buff Cochin. Her name is Marm. The look on her face in this picture should give an indication as to where the inspiration for her name came from (think schoolmarm). She is not the least bit aggressive and has proven herself instead to be the peacekeeper of our flock. But that look indicates a "don't mess with me" attitude that keeps the others in line. The fact that she has bell-bottom pants (feathered feet) on makes her all the more endearing.
It is proving to be a steep learning curve on the path to achieving Chicken Lady status. The hardest part for this human is the first-hand knowledge of the origin of the term "pecking order". It can be hard to watch things unfold as they need to. But I am learning.
Next time on Tales from the Henhouse - when we learn more about handsome hens and pretty roosters.