Hey everyone! This is a page dedicated to the most cute, docile & smart friends I have ever known! Chook, Brownie & Storm. My beautiful Belgian Bearded D'uccles
^ The centre of this picture is Chook. Brownie & Storm are in the background
< Another group shot, In the background is Cloe the rabbit. She shares the yard with the chooks. She LOVES chicken seed and eats more than the chickens do!!!
^ This is Cloe, she socialises with the chickens ok, except for the occasional peck (poor girl)
Now down to the die-hard facts:
(This goes for all three)
Breed: Belgian Bearded D'uccle Bantams
Age: 2 1/2yrs
Likes: Each other, corn on the cob, socialising with humans, worms, digging, watermelon
Dislikes: Bush Turkeys* (we live in Australia), confinement, rain
*(For those who don't know) Bush Turkeys are large, flightless birds that are common in bushland areas in Australia. Bush Turkeys harass the chickens by pecking and scratching them
I love these girls to bits, they are a joy to be around, have a friendly disposition and don't mind being handled.
^ Chook even lets me flip her onto her back!
^ Brownie, Our beautiful Mille Fleur
^ Chook and Cloe
^ Storm, named for her feisty personality and beautiful plumage
These chickens are by far the friendliest breed I have ever known, they follow me 'round the yard, talk to me (by clucking of course) and chase you up to the feed bin. When I saw them at the pet shop it was love at first sight. They were in a small cage with another hen, however this one was sold before we bought them.
They pay their rent in eggs (small but delicious) and affection. I couldn't ask for a better chicken
I promised more photo's; Here they are!
Storm & Brownie grazing in the yard
Brownie stops to see why i'm kneeling in the mud pointing a camera at them!
All three girls walking off into the sunset (or rather, another section of the yard )
Chook was feeling a bit camera-shy today!
Even Cloe decided to strike a pose before hurrying off to nibble the grass growing under the coop!
The chooks have taken to taking dust baths underneath the frangipani tree's while Cloe eats the fallen leaves. After that they usually fall asleep in the shade of the fence, so cute!!!
Unfortunately I only have 1 photo today, the weather has been too lousy to get a good shot! But here is Chook & Brownie in the coop. Storm is around the corner making a fuss about an egg she laid- she pecked me when I tried to take it! She stood up, jumped & attacked- vicious!
The sunlight provided a very beautiful effect!!!
We removed the dirt from an old veggie patch And dumped it in another area of the yard, Chook & Brownie decided to dig around in it.
And Storm just got in the way, running under our feet to get to all the worms & grubs. She ate a WHOLE lizard!!!.
Cloe loves relaxing
We cleaned the coop today, unfortunately Brownie was broody so she was not pleased at all when we moved her. She decided if she couldn't 'lay' inside the coop she would just sit on the grass and complain.
Chook was feeling particularly epic today!
The patented 'puzzled' pose