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Kristin's Chickens: Merlin and the Wyandotte Posse

  1. pipdzipdnreadytogo
    Merlin and the Wyandottes

    When we went to buy our chicks at TSC in the spring of 2010, they had three bins still occupied. One was filled with all sorts of red sexlinks, along with three little black chicks whose faces were splashed in gold. Another was 'assorted' Rhode Island reds (notice that it said assorted, not straight run?). The last bin held just a single straight run Easter-egger chick, a brown one with no distinct markings in its fluff. I took sympathy on the Easter-egger and, resigning myself to the fact that I probably just bought a rooster, I filled the rest of my purchase with some red sexlinks, two Rhode Island reds, and those three black chicks that I just had to have.

    Lo and behold, two months later I came to accept the fact that both of my Rhode Island reds were roosters, but at least the Easter-egger (who was labelled much more honestly with the actual words, 'straight run' ) turned out to be a pullet! I had identified the black chicks as Wyandottes by then. I decided to theme the names of the chicks in this brood--they were all named after other bird species. My Easter-egger was named Merlin, as a sort of testimony to the fact that she was the only straight run chick we have ever purchased that turned out to be a pullet. The Wyandottes were given the names Sparrow, Raven, and Ani.

    It soon became clear that Merlin believed herself to be a Wyandotte. Her entire life thus far was spent with the Wyandottes. She slept snuggled with the Wyandottes, ate and drank with the Wyandottes, spent time preening with the Wyandottes, and, as the Wyandottes did, she found a way to out rank the chicks that were from the same brood when they were old enough to be integrated into the main flock. Thus, Merlin and the Wyandotte Posse came to be.


    Merlin

    Merlin has never been a touchy-feely bird. I can remember trying to take her from the bin at the TSC and she fled with such skill that I nearly gave up on her. I was only able to handle her after she began to squat, after which I could pick her up and talk to her against her will.

    Merlin has a pretty unique pattern, subtle but sharp. She definitely is one of the prettiest hens in my flock. I especially love her eyes!


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    Merlin squats any time she is alarmed. I have been standing easily thirty feet from her and called her name, and she would respond with a squat. Sometimes, I just glance at her and she squats!


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    Merlin always has an evil look on her face. I think it's an Easter-egger thing.


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    Merlin has always been very quiet and reserved, not one to come out for pictures when I'm taking them. Good pictures of her are few and far between, but when I do manage to get one, they tend to turn out really nice!


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    The Wyandotte Posse

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    Left to right: Sparrow, Raven, and Ani



    Ani

    Ani is the Wyandotte I get the most contact with. She squats almost as much as Merlin does for me, which gives me the chance to pet her or pick her up if I want to!


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    When I pet her instead of picking her up, she gives me a look like, "That's it?" As a side note, yes, she does always look so sarcastic. :lol:


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    Ani is a low-energy hen, as you can see. She is such a pretty lady, and she has so much fluff!


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    ...However, molting definitely does not do her appearance any favors.


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    Raven

    Ani sticks most closely with her sister, Raven, even more so than with the rest of the Posse. However, Raven is definitely more of a lady, and much more deserved of respect, at least in her own opinion. Certainly, of the Wyandottes, Raven is the most ladylike.


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    Raven is fabulous. She makes anything look good.


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    Raven is quiet and distant, rarely making a sound in protest when something happens that she doesn't like. As a prim and proper lady, though, there are quite a few things that she doesn't like. Pictures taken while she is in bed is one such thing.


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    Sparrow

    Sparrow is frequently called Miss Broody Wyandotte, which is shortened to Miss Wyandotte if I'm in a hurry. The name 'Sparrow' never really seemed to fit her, so I hardly use it as her name. She NEVER squats for me. If she does, it's almost like a feign. She squats long enough for me to reach toward her, and then when I'm hunched over and too off balance to pursue her, she runs off.


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    This is a common sight for me:

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    As such a broody bird, Miss Wyandotte is often stuck in a broody-away pen. This can either be an old rabbit hutch or a chicken wire enclosure that we made as a playpen for chicks.


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    Another common sight for me when Miss Broody Wyandotte decides to brood is the broody glare. I remember seeing a bumper sticker with a broody hen on it once that said, "Step away from the eggs and no one gets hurt." This is what I can imagine her saying when she gives me the broody glare.


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    Miss Wyandotte doesn't like the snow, but she doesn't like me more. (She would come in, but... a human was standing in the doorway...)


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    To sum it up...
    name: Merlin
    sex: female
    hatch date: Spring 2010
    breed: Easter-egger
    egg color: blue-green



    names: Ani, Raven, and Sparrow
    sex: all female
    hatch date: Spring 2010
    breed: Golden Laced Wyandottes
    egg color: Tan, either with brown or white speckles.

    Thanks for reading! :frow





    Check out the rest of the flock:
    The Reds - The Banties - Merlin and the Wyandotte Posse - Freema - The Barred Rocks
    The Easter-Eggers - Frou-Frou - The Fab Five! - Te Heihei - The Littles

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  1. fishnet1971
    I just LOVE Merlin!!!!!
  2. Chickenfan4life
    I have wanted some Wyandottes... Wonderful girls! :D
  3. looneyrooster
    i think your chicken is amazing and beutiful and its so funnyb then wayh it sitsXD
  4. Maureenfletch59
    I must add. I often wonder if there are just to many birds and they are stressed out. LOL. Unfortunatly we have 2 large dogs that have gotton into our neighbors hen house, we replaced over 50 birds. I forgot to ask, whats the best way to set up a nesting spot for them? I have heard to use straw, is this true? and I was wondering if I should collect the feathers the molt. I cant wait to hear some suggestions.
  5. Maureenfletch59
    That was fun. Help! Im quite new at this Chicken business. I "think" our layers are at least 5 months old. The are huge. We raised them from 2 day old chicks, and if I had had more time I would of wrote down exactly when my husband brought me home 20 laying hens. Three ? Rock...lol three are beautiful black and emerald green and the rest are road Island Reds. Im so glad I found a place to get some help. When on earth will I finially reap the reward of eggs ? Summers almost over, and I have heard Chickens dont lay as much in the Winter. We take very good care of them, stop at our local supermarket every day and pick up left over greens. Its funny because Ive been asking my Husband for chickens for years, its taken our precious little grandchildren to convince him.:).
  6. ImissBuford
    thanks for the post funny, and good pics.
  7. ChickInDelight
    Such personalities!
  8. jahphotogal
    These are great pics. I have two golden-laced Wyandottes (16 weeks old) - it's nice to see what they will look like when they are full grown. They are very sweet birds, not quite as calm and friendly as the Columbian Wyandotte (but way more so than the EEs!)
  9. Lothiriel
    Congrats on POW! Ani probably has the sweetest Wyandotte face I've seen yet. <3
  10. Woodchick
    Great fun read!

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