Fishnets 'Bird and the Fluffy Butts page

By fishnet1971, Mar 19, 2013 | Updated: Jul 2, 2013 | | |
  1. fishnet1971
    My flock of 10 turned into 16 a few weeks ago. My affection for my girls and 'Bird is just never ending. I can not imagine living without them, nor life before them.

    Here are my 6 hens and 'Bird.

    my famous 'Bird. The BEST rooster in the world. He is a 3 year old Red Sex Link

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    He's such a good and trusting boy. Every year he gets dressed up for halloween. This is this years costume.


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    He came to work with me for a day. The Ohio State Extension office next door to me was having a poultry education class, and 'Bird jumped at the chance to show off in front of 100 people and show off. He let the people pet him, feel his feathers, wattles, etc. He was sooo good!


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    'Bird luv......




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    He trusts me unconditionally. Lets me hug him all the time.



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    I was weeding and he decided that he wanted to take a nap on my head! Then found a piece of dirt in my hair and discovered my eyebrows. I just love this picture. He is so gentle. Just a tiny little 'tap' . "Mommaaaaa hey Momma!!!!"


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    He is so kind with his girls too. He was showing Kassidy the nest! Gee 'Bird, she already knows about it. Obviously


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    Kisses from my big guy!!!! from my shoulder where he often jumps up onto.


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    Just my big lug and I enjoying a spring day last month. He is so proud when he flys up onto my shoulder. Just stands so tall and proud.


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    This year he went to PetSmart to visit with Santa. He was an angel in the car. Rode like it was a daily occurance. Once the picture with Santa was done the APL that was hosting it asked me to stick around with him. The people that came in just thought he was the best! He sat on the cart bar and I pushed him around the store looking at stuff. This is when I found out that he loved cat treats. The numerous kids that were in awe was just awesome. They all came up to pet him and check him out. I did more education that day about chickens to them than I have ever thought possible. 'Bird let them all feel his wattles and comb and feet and feathers. It was just so cool.


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    'Bird has many representative items around my home. lol


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    He's such a photo hog.

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    He was NOT happy about this. lol


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    And he didn't even poop on hubbys workbench!

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    Or my car.

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    Or my other car. lololol

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    "Bird models his new coat.


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    Halloween 2011. He is just such a ham. Didn't even flinch. maybe he was just in to much shock?????

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    Really, just true love.

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    Look at him as a baby!!!!!! and he was supposed to be a pullet... yea right. He is the best mistake I have ever had.


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    halloween 2010

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    He protects his girls soooo well! they always come first.

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    Guess what????


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    "Yea, I'm a stud muffin and know it"

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    Daytona was his best friend. He protected her like nothing else. I lost Daytona in the Spring of 2013 from internal laying.
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    And these are the Fluffy Butts!

    This is Peaches and the Princess. My 2 White Cochins

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    Such good girls as well.




    This is Hope. She wa a rescue from a farm that I stuck under my coat when I was visiting. She has come a long way since October 2012 when I brought her home. She has recently passed, but I can not take her photos down yet. I just can't.

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    These are the day I brought her home to live with me. I really dont think she had more than a day or two left to live in those conditions.

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    These two photos are of her after 5 months of care. Still no feathers under her wings, but 50% of her back and 90% of her breast feathers have come back.


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    This was 2 months of her with me with no coat! back feathers starting.Tail feathers coming in.


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    These are when I had her in quarantene on her private side of the coop. The first month with me. She was spoiled rotten (still is)

    As of April 8th, 2012 she now has a million pin feathers coming in!

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    Unflortunately, I lost her a few weeks after that photo. RIP Hope, I gave you the best chance you could ever ask for. You will be missed.



    This is Kassidy, my Americauna

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    She is really flighty and HUGE. weighs a ton. She was a Meyers chick as are my Cochins.

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    Sandy, My 3 year old Red Sex Link. She loves sitting on my shoulder and picking at my hair. My Red Sex Links were a Tractor Supply purchase in 2010. She is #1 top hen
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    Maggie and Midge. Two White Rocks that I adopted from a pair of folks from the city that were tyring to raise them and got caught. I brought them home in August this year. Another 'rescue' so to speak. They were well cared for though. The owners were going to dispose of them if they couldnt find them a home. Found them on Craigs List by accident. These two are so hearty and healthy! leave me an egg all day even through this winter! Such talkers they are too.

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    Let me introduce you to the newest members!

    Victoria and Elizabeth. White Sultans. I have never had Sultans before. I thought with all the education that I use my girls and 'Bird for, these two might be the perfect ones to share with other people.

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    This is Victoria at 6 1/2 weeks old! She is just the most inquisitive thing. And such a ham. Photo hog for sure too.

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    This is them at 2 days old on Feb. 6,2012. Such chick bliss!


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    From day one I start working with them to socialize and become friendly with people. Me especially.


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    As of 7/13 Victoria has started to lay daily! The as still the most wonderful girls. So mellow and inquisitive!

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    This is Leah and Eleanor - Blue Laced Red Wyandotts.
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    6 weeks old on the 18th of March


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    I cant belive how good my cat Ashley is with them.


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    And last but not least, this is Diesel and Dana my 2 Bardrocks.

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    I have to add a section in here for my two rescues from the Buffalo NY SPCA. In 2010, I was looking for a few new hens to add to my flock and stumbled on a webpage from the animal protective league that had a hen for adoption. After i talked to them, I made the 150 mile trip from Ohio up to Buffalo to get her. When I got there, they showed me the one red hen and were fussing over a second hen. I asked to see her and fell immediatly in love with this little girl. She had been debeaked on the upper part of her beak, but not the bottom. She was scrawny, pale, but had this face that I will never forget. I immediatly scooped them both up and made the 150 mile trip home with the girls I named Elly and May (Ellymay from the Clampets?) I lost Elly in the summer of 2012. She passed in my arms. I do not know how old she was, But at least she had the last 2 years of her life being pampered.

    MayMay? now that's a spooky one. MayMay had some health issues from day one, but we always were able to nurse her through them. She ate fine, drank fine, etc. even with the malfored beak. She left me one tiny egg the day after I brought her home. Only one and never again. She passed away in my arms on the day that I rescued the above mentioned hen named Hope. Thus the meaning of my signature line - "God brought me Hope the day he took my MayMay" MayMay was my best friend, my #1girl. She was unlike any other chicken or pet that I have ever had in my 43 years on earth. I will miss her dearly. I buried her at the head of my coop with an angel as her headstone to watch over everyone.

    this is MayMay
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    WIth the messed up beak, she could not preen some spots, I had brought her in to give her a bath from some mess.


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    She liked to drive in my truck with me. McDonalds always gave her a treat or two. Cheeseburgers? What cheeseburgers????


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    She became so healthy and happy.


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    She never really attched to any of the others in the flock. Never fought with anyone, but was always a loner. Maybe that's why she attached to me so good. It was her and I from day one. 'Bird loved her too.

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    This was a month after I brought her home.

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    She really relaxed in her bath. I think she liked it.


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    I had to blow dry her to make her pretty after her bath. She so enjoyed the attention.

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    This picture is the day I brought her home in the car. Look how pale and skinny she is.
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    A year later? look at what a difference.

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  1. fishnet1971
    They now have their own FaveBook page!!! Bird and the Fluffy Butts
  2. ilovemysilkie
    SOOOO CUTE!!!!!
  3. fishnet1971
    It's getting too long every time I update it. lol
  4. HenFriend
    Love your flock, especially 'Bird. Some of my roos like to be picked up and cuddled but they wouldn't behave so well if I were to take them to the pet store! Poor MayMay's beak, debeaking is so cruel. My sister once had a hen just appear in her coop with a beak like that. She also had clipped wings but they had been done so badly that the feathers never grew back. She lived happily with us for some years before she passed away, maybe a battery farm escapee? Hope looks so happy now she is very lucky to have found you.
  5. Mattemma
    Loved all the pictures. Are you hatching eggs fertilized by your roo?He is so nice.
  6. fishnet1971
    OMG, I have so many pictures, I could go on forever!
  7. chicknfun
    I also want to say that some of your pics are Fabulous!!
  8. chicknfun
    Great page Fishnet!! Your roo is gorgeous!!
    Sorry about MayMay, I always wondered what was the back story on that in your sig.
    Very sweet stories!!
  9. chickery-do
    You're so lucky! I'm with them as much as possible, I'm retired so that's a lot of free time. I'd love to know what you do! Love your picture's. Now, Thanks to an Easter present from my son, I have 2 1 week od Pekin Ducks to lean. I hope to be half as lucky as you!
    Keep on raising a happy flock and educated the world!
  10. CHICKEN CRAZY1
    I like how your page is so long.I means you are dedicated to your chickens.BIRD IS BEAUTIFUL!
  11. fishnet1971
    awww thanks everyone! and thanks to the project manager for choosing 'Bird for POW!!!!!!!!! I am so PROUD for him. He is a Red Sex Link of 3 years old today!! Happy Birthday to 'Bird, Angel, Daytona, and Sandy!!! They are the last 4 of my original 12. The best advice I can ever give to have your babies grow up friendly? play with them every day when they are young. Handle them, give them luvin! every singel day.
  12. ChicksandWeeds
    wonderful - beautiful - special ...loved it all ....and even though my big boy was the sweetness of my flock ..."Bird" looks like the best rooster in the world to me too
  13. Waffle
    WOW! I loved all your pictures. I wanted to comment on them all!!!!
  14. scratch'n'peck
    Finally, your famous Bird, stud muffin roo extraordinaire is picture of the week. I enjoyed all the photos of your flock and the story of Bird at PetSmart (what a good boy).
  15. beausonge
    What a beautiful rooster! I loved the stories and pictures about all your chickens. Thanks for sharing!
  16. Lorirn740
    nice!! That is one handsome roo :)
  17. Suzie
    I am soooo very happy to see Bird featured.... he is so incredible... i love my BoyBoy but Bird is the ULTIMATE....
    As you probably know I have followed your threads about MayMay, Hope and Bird.... some bittersweet memories...I do so love some of the images that say so much about the love, laughter and loss....
    You make BYC a place to come to for so many reasons!
    I hope Bird is going to get some royalties for his consent to be featured here as the Best Ever Roo!
  18. TheCrazyClucker
    Great flock! What breed is Bird?
  19. ChickieBabyMama
    You take great pictures! You really do. I enjoyed your story and your flock. Congrats on POW. Im new to raising egg layers and I learn something new everyday. I love watching their personalities emerge. They just don't realize how much they entertain me and bring me joy. I hope my flock and I bond like you & your's have. Enjoy!
  20. soler
    i really enjoyed your chicken show - and i am so jealous of your rooster!!!
  21. albchickenfarm
    Wow! It seems like you have some GREAT birds! what breed is your rooster? He is amazing! I love the chicks too! I have some that are 7 weeks old. :)
  22. Pixelvt
    you should write a book, this is really good stuff, we have three, they are quite social too, one fly's up onto my wife's head once in awhile, go figure, chickens are awesome, wish I knew this years ago while the kids were young.
  23. TheSpiceGirls
    I just love all your photos. And love that you care for your birds so much. I just love seeing photos of well cared for birds. Keep them coming.
  24. Bogtown Chick
    Woot woot. Way to go Fishnet on POW. You have some great stories to share. I'm glad you got some headlines! Love the Colorado Koolaid pic! LOL... Along with many other photos in there too!
  25. elsasmom
    heartwarming love for your chickens is so obvious. nice story
  26. TXchickmum
    -love, love, LOVE your pics and stories!! What a beautiful flock!!
  27. CinnamonQueen
    Wow! Awesome flock!
  28. Chickenclucker
    so touching how close you are to your chickens..I try to socialize my chickens but they just wont do the cool things like jump on my shoulder. Loved all your stories!
  29. Chickenfan4life
    X2 ^ Good comment.
  30. pipdzipdnreadytogo
    Woo, Bird! Congrats on pic of the week, fishnet!!
  31. Chickens R Us
    Still waiting for my Bird!
  32. sparkleeyes
    Wowzers!!! What a lot of work you put into your page! Thank you for letting us read about your chicken family. Many beautiful pics, stories, and memories. I think I'm in love with your roo as well! Congrats on a job well done. :)
  33. JacobMaxwell
    Bird is a HUGE rooster! What does he weigh?
  34. chickenpooplady
    Amazing flock and great pictures! Congrats on POW!
  35. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your chicken pics for the Picture Of the Week. Thanks for posting your chickens to our "My Chickens" pages! You can find more info about our POW here: BYC POW process.
  36. julierupert
    What a handsome roo! He looks like a real character!
  37. Chickenfan4life
    Yay for 'Bird! He's so awesome! :DDDD Awesome article!
  38. fishnet1971
    awww thanks. :)
  39. ChemicalchiCkns
    W00t - your cycens are injoyable just reading about. Beautiful Cock too.

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