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My favorite chickens


Last Edited: November 7, 2005, 10:20 pm

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I don't recall being overly fond of chickens when I was a kid.  Used to have to wring their necks, watch them spray blood and flop all over the place, then scald and pluck them.  That didn't encourage me to make pets of them.

But during the Y2K non-event one of the most treasured pieces of the months living in that remote cabin was all the chickens I had for company.  Those above are buff crested polish.  Rosencranz and Guildenstern were of that ilk.  Both had more heart than good sense, looked a bit on the homercestual side, but definitely weren't.  Coyotes got Guildenstern, but old Rosencranz survived.  Ended up with a farmer over near Fort Wingate who wanted some birds when I came back to town.

Lady McBeth was similar to this, though she had leggings.  Good layer, white eggs, a bit prissy for the tastes of the other hens, however.


About half my flock was Ameraraucana.  Great layers, blue eggs, good brooders.  Good all 'round hens, though perhaps a bit more dense than a person might wish.

My silkies were irredescent black, but the shape was the same as these.  Absolutely the most intelligent chickens I've ever seen.  The roosters have more heart than they can afford and hawks will pick them out of a flock thinking, I suppose, they're immature birds.... lost all my hens that way, but the roosters survived to the end.

Strange sensation having a silky rooster come up to you, tilt his head and look you in the eye.  You get the distinct feeling the critter has something on his mind besides hens, hawks and other roosters.


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Comment by shalini - November 8, 2005, 7:17 am
Jack...you can be modest but like I said before you should've bee a writer...i truly enjoy and look forward to your blogs...
Comment by Rip Snorter - November 8, 2005, 9:07 am

Thanks for the comment shalini. I'm flattered and pleased you enjoy the blog.

Comment by cowgirlpoet - November 8, 2005, 12:52 pm
Old English Game bantams are my favorites. They are like flowers in the yard, and yet retain enough traits of the Jungle Fowl to be real survivors. They roost in the cedar trees outside the yard, and although I've have lost a few to hawks and owls, it's only been at night. In the daytime, they sound the alarm and run under the protective canopy of the porch when anything larger than a sparrow should fly overhead.

If you ever separate the roosters, though, they'll fight to the end if they ever run across each other again.

As with all bantams, the hens are extra "broody" and will sit on any egg you put under her. I've raised lots Guinea fowl using the batam hens to hatch them out and raise them.
Comment by Rip Snorter - November 8, 2005, 1:28 pm

Never had any Old English Gamers, but I've admired them from afar. Might squeeze a few into my flock if I think they'll consort with silkies, polish and cochins. They look to be good birds.

Thanks for the comment.


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