Anyone have any good suggestions for a name for my new boy.
He's going to go out to the show on Sunday to see how good an example of a white silkie that he is.
He sure is a very beautiful boy.
How's about " Prince George Louis Alexander " which should not upset royalists too much, as the last two names are reversed. The real Prince George ( Alexander Louis ) is such a feisty, full of personality, gorgeous child .... from two wonderful parents - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Just a thought. ( or maybe Cambridge ? ).
Otherwise, good luck in naming him. ....
Firstly, welcome to this thread Minch83 .... I have not seen you here before. It's a great thread / site.
I don't know much about maremmas except that they are bred to protect herds ( of whatever ) to the exclusion of all else. e.g. ( and I think this was recently posted here or on another thread on BYC ) ... a maremma was in charge of a goat herd, but chookies got into their reserve, and the maremma 'protected' the goats. Maremma and goats all ok .... chickens - are no longer. From memory, that maremma was returned, from whence he came. ! Which was rather sad, but it had to be done.
So this had me google around ... and I found this site which might help a little. http://www.maremmano.com/maremma_temperament/attentive_dog_behaviour.html
There are a few hints in this site, which I found fascinating. One was, that they can have 'favourites' in a herd. .... will leave the rest up to you to google further. If there was any way you could identify which chicken laid the egg - it might have something to do with it ( if the licked and plucked chicken laid the egg ) .... dogs are exceptionally intuitive, and your maremma might realise your chicken has done something quite extraordinary ... i.e. - laid an egg !!
Good luck with this fascinating situation ... I am sure your maremma will not hurt the chicken in any way, but heaven help any other animal that invades your chicken run.
sjturner79 ..... Oooo .... So love that one ... D'Artagnon ( pronounced dar-tan-yan OR doch-tan-yone ) .... was one of the 3 musketeers.
Now - - - you would have to obtain two more brilliant looking silkie roos, to make up the 3 musketeers. and win everything at the show.
LOL, but best wishes all the same .......
I am not sure I have a problem or not.
Mindy Araucana, eats like there is no tomorrow. Her crop at night is like a rather large hard golf ball, but has receded by the morning. .... so she is coping with all that tucker. She has almost always had a very hard full crop in the evenings, no matter what her status.
She has pretty much almost completed a moult. Has a beard that Santa Claus would be envy of, .... her tufts have grown away from her eyes ( yay - she can see !! ) and she is into the final stages of feathering her head properly .... but - - -
She remains mostly in her coop this past few days, staring at the wall. At times I have seen her sitting down as though to lay, so my thought is - she is either getting ready to lay again, or ......... she is about to become, or has become - broody. There is quite a bit of quiet clucking going on in there, although any promise of extra food outside her coop, brings her straight out ( she is fundamentally, a monumental gutz ). The amount of food she gets through is staggering. And also, if anything unusual is happening in the back garden - e.g. the dogs are out - she comes out to investigate. Her behaviour is strange to say the least. If outside, she spends a lot of time in one place, staring at the fence ??
Re the food - Do chickens try to build up their resources, before becoming broody ( like reptiles and some mammals do before hibernating ? ) .... or do I just have a feisty, weird, forever-hungry - chicken who has a goodly dose of obsessive tendencies ?
Tku in anticipation of any answers ..........