Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lap chickens and other wonders

Gordon and I relaxed behind the barn again yesterday. The stinking heat and humidity has finally gone away (it was 34C/93F with a humidex of 44C/111F on Friday!) and there was a lovely breeze in its place. Charlotte the chicken (who turned 4 on July 9th!) just wanted to sit on our laps...

She was there with Gordon for over an hour, getting off once to poop and eat a little grass, then jumping back up.

Charlotte loves to hang with people!

She sat on my lap for a good long time too!

She's grown in a whack of new feathers and is looking quite fetching these days!

Sophie surveying her domain.

McGuinty the Chantecler rooster, on a mission

Double-decker hens!

Zyedco the Partridge Chantecler rooster, no doubt in pursuit of feathered booty.

She looks right at home there!

Guinea on the loose!

Georgiana, who is 3, has also grown in a new set f feathers and is looking mighty fine!

The this poor Ameraucana hen, who still needs a name. is being hotly pursued by Jams the rooster.

In no parrticular order: Widget, Fidget and Gidget. The guineas are getting braver! They came within two feet of me this morning thoroughly checked me out.

Beaker, who is missing some tail feathers. We nearly had a Beaker tragedy last weekend. Somehow, he managed to get himself caught upside-down in the chicken wire lining the baby duckling enclosure. I don't know what happened, but Gordon came down to find him there in the extreme heat, unable to free himself. After extricating him, we checked him over. He seemed to have strained his leg so we confined him for a few days. He is just fine now but we have no idea how long he was hanging upside-down in the hot sun. We also don't know what happened; maybe he got in a tiff with another rooster and managed to get caught in the wire during the kerfuffle? Who knows! I'm just glad he's okay.

He's a cute little Silkie mix and we really like him.

Meanwhile, Charlotte actually went to sleep on Gordon's lap!

Lavinia checked me out. 

There are a lot of animals in this pic!

And the duck parage (Bianca, Moishe and Twitchy) wandered by while Charlotte kept an eye on Gordon.

She's an amazing chicken!

Meanwhile, in the duck coop, the eggs started hatching yesterday. The arrow points to the first crack in an egg.

I went to check on Karène this morning and there is at least one duckling under her! I didn't want to bother too much, so I left her alone for now, but as soon as I have cute duckling photos, I'll post them!

She's a first-time mommy and is doing a great job so far!

All in all, a lovely day. The corn is getting quite high. The native grasslands were seeded a couple of weeks back and things are beginning to sprout. You can see green patches appearing in the dirt in the pics above. The brown strip of land at the back of the photo have all been planted in grasses and wildflowers for Bobolink and Meadowlark habitat. 21 acres of fun!

Hope you are having a great weekend.


  1. Anonymous9:52 am

    Thank goodness, no bees today. LOL Fun Fotos.

  2. A Chicken that sits on your lap.... whatever next!

  3. Fowl post!

    I loved it. The Kats would like a lap chicken...

  4. What a gorgeous day surrounded by great animals. You have an enviable life!

  5. I love your chicken pics! Have never had them, but I find chickens fascinating...

  6. So relaxing! I love the field photos. And of course the chicken shots. Good luck with the duckies! :)

  7. The Gordon photo is a cracker!

  8. Happy belated Birthday Charlotte!!!!
    Poor Beaker! What a trauma he went through! I'm glad he was found in time to be saved!
    Your view is just amazing!!!

  9. Great photos of you and the kids! You make country life look very appealing!

  10. We used to have lots of bobolinks round here but I haven't seen one in a few years...sad.
    Jane x

  11. Glad to hear that Charlotte is lap trained. So considerate, stepping down for a poop and all.

  12. A perfect afternoon, save perhaps for the Ameraucana.

  13. Anonymous6:54 pm

    Decent of Charlotte to hop off to poop! LOL! Love that last photo - what a winner.

  14. I'm so glad someone else has a chicken that prefers human company to feathered. Gertie really just wants to come in the house to live. You and Gordon sure have earned the trust they all show in you! Nice spot to sit out in.

  15. AAAAAaaahhhhh Country living! We miss it. So we decided to move to a greener place in Pforzheim where we have quite a view over Pforzheim and a little bit of gardening, too. We love it. We move on the 1st of September and I will send you pics.

  16. AAAAAaaahhhhh Country living! We miss it. So we decided to move to a greener place in Pforzheim where we have quite a view over Pforzheim and a little bit of gardening, too. We love it. We move on the 1st of September and I will send you pics.

  17. I think it was our american president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who called for a chicken in every lap. Or something like that.

  18. Your pics are fabulous, Natalie. I'm over at my daughters on her computer. Still down at home. Not sure what is going on but I'm passed ticked. Gordon looks very at home with his feathered friends. :) Love the Silkie. Hope I'm up and running soon. Deb

  19. Anonymous10:52 pm

    Look at the stride on that Ameraucana hen! Maybe she should be Lola (Run Lola Run).

  20. What beautiful pictures, as usual. Wonderful views, wonderful animals.

  21. Charlotte cracks me up! And what a beautiful view you have.

  22. How sweet! Lap chickens are the best :) I love the photo of the hen being pursued by the rooster. She really is trying to get away from him haha.

  23. Charlotte is an absolutely great hen!


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