I got Isabelle as a straight run chick from Atwood's. She was a healthy chick when I got her, but then she got majorly sick. She was almost dead when she "pulled up" and started eating and drinking. I continued taking care of her, and, despite silkies growing slow, she grew up quickly! She grew from a tiny, sickly chick, to a large, full-fledged hen in no time at all. However, she took forever to come into lay!
She was almost 11 months old when she finally started to squat. A few days later, she happily sang the egg-song after laying her first egg! It was bloody and small, but very pretty, with a light cream colored shell. Whatever people say about silkies being bad layers, Isabelle proves them wrong! She lays an egg every day, even in winter!
Naming Isabelle was a tough thing to do. I started with the name Snow. Then I decided to call her Bessie. Then, I continued on to call her Bella, but that just didn't fit at all. So, I asked Mom. She just randomly blurted out "Isabelle" and I declared that to be her name. Isabelle used to be a snow white color, but the sun always beaming down on her feathers turned them yellow. I don't care. She isn't show-quality anyway. I just say that her feathers reflect the summer sunlight.
She is a very indecisive broody. One day, she'll decide the wants to be a broody, but the next day, she's forgotten all about being a broody, and I'll take the eggs away. Then she'll lay another egg the next day and not brood it. But, a few days later she will brood an egg or two. She isn't a mean broody like some people may have. She will puff up and squawk, but she never pecks. Good Izzy.
One thing that Isabelle has always been is L-O-U-D! Even as a day-old chick, she had the loudest voice in the brooder. She had a long, shrill peep-peep! Now, she has the loudest voice in the barn! She has a distinctive bwauuuwk-bwauwk-bwauwk! sound. She does it so loud her voice sorta shakes, like an opera singer, or something.
I love my dear, sweet Isabelle. She is my special, special girl.
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