Originally Posted by Bawk
Love the beautiful cream legbar hens from your flock's eggs! They are becoming more pretty too.vths is the lighter one with larger crest. The darker one has smaller crest.
Great shot - and great run! I love your set up from what I see!
Originally Posted by ChicKat
Of course I think she is beautiful -- and what a nice pen for them to live in. Thank you for posting -- and I see phillip Diller aka Road Runner there in the background. So 5 months -- another month or so (depending on when they decide to get in gear ) -- and you will be getting your CL eggs... (they may hold off until the days get longer just to give you some aggrivation -- and make you wait a bit longer for their eggs!)
Took a couple of shots of some of mine this morning really early - so I have that morning rosy light that makes everything look so good -- what is it an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset in photography 'the magic hour' or something like that?
"Me(d)Cre" on the left and "Robin" on the right - "Robin" showing muchmore black pigment in her hackles that "MedCre". They are both looking particularly fit right now -- because they just finished molting and they haven't started yet to lay again.
I'm really proud of "Robin" -- because she is 4-years old in a month -- and has regained her yellow legs and beak since she took a hiatus from laying while in molt -- and she has great white earlobes too....clear breast plumage that I consider salmon (warmed a little by the very early morning light in this photo -- and cold out there too - frost/ice on water) and overall a nice chicken IMO.
Oh, Robin is so lovely!!!! She's Momma to my Dumbledore, so I'm a little biased. Dumbledore (Robin x Ice, if I recall correctly) has been an AMAZING flock cockerel so far - very sweet, protective, and polite with the three girls. I couldn't be happier with him, not only his lovely looks but also his attitude and behavior. He's only... what, 6 or 7 months old? But he's the oldest boy out there, and I'm letting the CL mini-flock range in a large paddock all day unsupervised (as well as the 12-week-old Naked Necks and the 12-week-old freezer-bound frat boy New Hampshires). Large predators are excluded, but aerial ones are around, and I feel so much more secure at work knowing he's out there with them all, ready to sound the alarm, and if all three of his pullets aren't foraging together, he goes back and forth between them to make sure they're supervised - he takes his job very seriously. He has a very musical crow, only in mornings at sun-up and the occasional afternoon when the mood strikes him, and he's been giving "singing lessons" from afar to my largest and only crowing Naked Neck, Mr. Smith (half his age, almost twice his weight, VERY intimidating boy! He wins staring contests with me!) - I wake up to this hysterical "call-and-response" between Dumbledore's lovely song and a strangled kazoo sound - but Mr. Smith is getting better (under Dumbledore's tutelage - "No, it's like THIS..."). We've talked about this before, and this is only an "n" of one, but I have been SO happy with him as the leader of this little flock - so glad he didn't end up in the freezer!!!
- Ant Farm
Edit to add for interest a photo of Mr. Smith, aka Bane, on patrol - I think Dumbledore is teaching how to protect a flock from across the fence line. He's heterozygous for the naked gene, which is why he has such a big muff in front. His rose comb (not standard, probably due to a cross) makes him look especially menacing, but despite being twice the weight of the pullets in with them, he's very restrained. Weighed him yesterday - like picking up a bowling ball...)
Edited by Fire Ant Farm - 12/4/15 at 8:08pm