Monday, 14 April 2008

Monday? No - Bird day.

This funny looking chook is the latest addition to my hen house. She is an Araucana cross and hopefully will lay blue eggs. A farming friend incubated more eggs than he needed chickens and is about to sell the eight month old pullets. Lucky me had first choice of those he did not want, and as this one looks most like an Araucana and has blue/grey legs, then she probably has the blue egg gene. Currently she is sitting on the high perch in the run, out of reach of the other girls who have not been at all welcoming, in fact there have been several altercations with feathers flying as they firmly put her in her place at the bottom of the pecking order. The nastiest one so far has been young Delores, the now grown up baby chicken who arrived at Christmas. I think she is getting her revenge having been abused by her elders over the past four months. I hope this new one will be settle and be accepted over the next few days and there is not murder in the chook yard.

The new one needs a name, so any suggestions will be considered.

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are not common around here, instead we have hundreds of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Galahs that fly in huge noisy flocks or cause havoc destroying tree, gardens and crops, so I was surprised to see a pair of them sitting in the big pine tree behind my house on my way inside after taking the chicken shot above. I did not take the photo below, but the cockies looked exactly like this but shinier and more glossy. I wonder if they are going to stay in the area, or are just passing through to more pleasant climes?


Marcie said...

Duchess? she looks like a Duchess!
very haughty...

Lynn Majidimehr said...

If we had birds this beautiful in our area, my husband would never want to do anything other than spending time taking photographs of them.