Even before I was not allowed to have them as a little girl, I've wanted to have a farm; to toil the land and create life from the soil!
Now in a little patch nestled amongst the outskirts of suburbia, two Isa Brown hens and later arrival in the form of a Bantam Brown have found a place to call home.
The girls have found their pace with a daily egg each. Here's the first one; it was so exciting! I even dated and photographed it (many times!) to mark the occasion, thinking that they'd be quite irregular until they'd settled and adjusted to their new home, but with eggs now flowing I'm not wasting my time. Just like a mother who with her second child is a lot less uptight about every little thing!
They're such funny little personalities. Top of the pecking order is Omlette, followed by Curry, and little mini chick will probably be right at the bottom, once she's put in with them. They've gradually had more interaction and it's up to the stage where I've released them all together during garden roam-time. But I need to wait until Minnie's fully grown before I house them all together.
Already I think Minnie's voice is beginning to change, but her comb and wattle aren't really growing. Maybe Bantam types are slower developers. She's absolutely comical, particularly the way she throttles along the ground like a road runner. It reminds me of when cats are in a mood, racing around maniacally.