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Friday, November 20, 2009

Good morning, Girls!



It's what I say every morning when I let my fifteen hens out of their coop....good morning, Girls! They greet me with soft chicken clucks and immediately start pecking at the cracked corn I've thrown on the ground for them. They go about their business of looking for yummy things to eat....bugs, worms, grass, flowers, the occasional larger critters....mice, snakes....yes, I said mice and snakes! They do their job and I do my job as chicken herder.

I couldn't resist showing you a picture of Henrietta, my silver-laced Wyandotte. She posed so prettily.



21 comments:

  1. she is quite the beauty. yay for them eating mice and snakes - the varmits. :)

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  2. This reminds me so much of a time when I was trying to be a runner. I used the mile from my house to a field down the road where there were always "cows" in the field, usually quite close to the road.

    I would say "good morning, ladies" each time I saw then. Imagine my embarrassment when I said it one time when the hubster was with me (he's a farm boy) and he informed me that the "ladies" did not have bags and were not female at all.

    A good laugh!

    May I use your sweet Henrietta as a reference image when I am sketching?

    xoxo

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  3. I love your girls. I have always wanted to have chickens. What a great way to wake up - not to mention the fabulous eggs. Good morning indeed!

    ann

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  4. I love them! My Grannie used to have chickens and I always loved going into the chicken coop and feeding them. I'm glad they eat those bad little creatures

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  5. Vicki, that's a cute story! You can use Henrietta for sketching...she will be so proud!

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  6. What a great pose, brought back memories from being a child.

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  7. Seems they are dressed for fall. Quite tranquil.

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  8. Your Wynandotte is beautiful. I had no idea that chickens would eat mice and snakes. We've had our fair share of rats this fall and have noticed several dead ones in the yard. I assumed the neighborhood cats were getting to them, but maybe the girls are the culprits?

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  9. Henrieta is a fine looking chick. love the group shot too.

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  10. good morning girls... and then you snatch their eggs away?

    nice group shot.

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  11. I love chickens but have never owned them ... seems like a lovely group of "girls" to start your morning with. Henrietta was my grandmother's name ... seems perfect for your lovely lady too.

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  12. Wow what a gorgeous chicken!!! We have a few in our area but they are wild have now owners.

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  13. Char...eating varmints is about the only thing they've been good for lately!

    Ann...who says you can't have chickens...most cities have ordinances that allow a few in your backyard. Check out www.backyardchickens.com

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  14. Cora....I love them, too...they're like pets.

    Cinner...did you pose like Henrietta as a child? ;) hee-hee

    Dawn...they definitely have on their winter down coats...I chose breeds that are winter hardy.

    Cindy, thank you! Mostly my hens eat the dead mice that the cats bring them, but they will kill them themselves and they do kill the snakes...I've seen them...don't know about rats, they might be a tad large!

    spread your wings...the only way I can get them all (minus one) in one picture is by giving them treats...cracked corn is like crack for chickens!

    Sanna...haven't been snatching many eggs lately...first molting stopped their laying (save one brave hen) and now the shortened daylight hours keeps them from laying. I fixed their wagon though and installed a light on a timer, set to come on at 4:00 a.m. I figured if I have to be up that early, then so should they! JK, they need 13-14 hours of light to stimulate egg production.

    Thank you, Amelia! I call them chicken eye candy!

    Eileen, thank you! Isn't Henrietta pretty? When I got the chicks, my daughter informed me that I had to have a Henrietta and I must say, it fits her perfectly.

    Nativa...she's one of my prettiest and sweetest hens and they're all soooo soft. Does anyone collect the wild chickens' eggs?

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  15. Gorgeous chickens! I love them!

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  16. Someday I want to let the chickens out (can't so much right now, living in the middle of a large city!) Beautiful chickens!

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  17. I love your beautiful "chooks"!

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  18. I'm having some nice fresh eggs from my cousin's girls for supper tonight!...I'm just dying to get some of my own...and that snake catching thing is just a plus!

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  19. Great shots! My hens would never pose like that! She looks so proud:)

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  20. great photos, brings back memories of childhood.. I was raised on a cattle ranch and always had chickens and turkeys..

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