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Friday, August 24, 2012

Chickens in Transition

Napoleon remembers when he had things under control.
 When Squeaky was his best ally..
And life was good.
He, pretty much, had his hens in a row... albeit, in my garden.

But then the mafia arrived. 
The Roady, the Rock, and three Americanas...  
The new kids in town.

The coop has not been the same since. 

And the youn'uns are kickin' ( butts) and  tak'en names. 
They went from cute little chicks... (this one was called Cleopatra) ...
To this...
To this...
 I'm not even sure if SHE isn't a HE... or that this wasn't the result of "mommy" and some hawk that flew in for the weekend. I'm sure that the breeders have good quality control with these matters, but you never know.  I may have to change this chicken's name. It's just not a "CLEO" anymore.

See what I mean? Oldsters on the left, Newbees on the right. Very little interaction. 

See what the older hens look like? Tired... bags under the eyes. This one is probably just HOT, poor thing. We are even sprinkling the ground around the coop to keep them cooler. But, I think she's also tired of all the drama.
Can't even hold up her comb anymore. It's been a rough few months.
I guess they will all work it out soon.
Sweet Napoleon is waiting for things to settle down. Squeaky is running around like a chicken with her head ... well... you know. She's trying to help Napoleon, but it's difficult. Bantams should never have this kind of responsibility.

Even the Turkey is waiting to see how this all plays out.
I will keep you updated...










5 comments:

Suz said...

so much barnyard drama
I do think that one is part hawk...
I have always wanted chickens...
an early childhood memory is with chickens and a rooster....
at a Michigan farm.....
does one bond with them
?.....I love the names you have given them.....
....now I know I would love a goat
sigh

Brian Miller said...

haha you def have a soap opera playing out here...smiles...and a busy hen house to boot....fun...have a great weekend!

Jan Ely said...

I love the hens presenting a united front and walking shoulder to shoulder. You go Squeak!

Teresa Evangeline said...

Fun story you've told here, and fine illustrations. Life with animals is never dull.

Madeline's Album said...

This post had me laughing. Great pictures. Have a blessed day. Madeline