I have a flock of 20 chickens including; roosters, hens, cocks, and pullets. But I'm not not going to tell you about any of them today, today I'm going to tell you about Lila and Lulu, and their story of friendship. Lulu and Lila are Lavender Cochins.
These two have been together ever since chicks... Plus they were all each other had, well as someone they knew.
I got Lulu and Lila from my local feed store. I went there that day to place in a special order for six baby chicks, but I find myself canceling that order and getting these two precious Cochins. I'm sure you all know chicken math.
Here they are the day that I got them. Lulu is the lighter one and Lila is the darker one.
Even then were they close.
Through out growing up they got adopted by two other loner siblings, blood brother and sister that I hatched. I had to give away their other hatchlings because they were all cocks, and the two that were left needed a new family, so they adopted Lila and Lulu.
These two had captured my heart from the moment I laid eyes one them. They are the sweetest chicks I have ever had... And the softest too.
Here are Lila and Lulu enjoying their new home.
Shortly after bringing them into my home, I noticed them sneezing... A lot. Then congestion. They had both gotten sick with a cold that they had brought home from the feed store. I was determined not to let them die! They are my favorite chicks I ever had, and their personalities were so cute. So soon enough I find myself in the vets office with two fluffy chicks in a box on my lap. The vet gave me medication, and let me tell you that they absolutely hated it! Lila so much so that she to this day is mad at me!
Anyways for poor Lulu the cold had gradually affected her eye. As she grew up each day it got worse and worse. Right now I'm trying to treat it with help before she goes blind or it affects her whole body and gets out of control.
Here is Lulu and Lila a little more grown up.
As Lulu and Lila were growing up Lila got the mother instinct in her, and started making calls to Lulu to tell her were the good stuff is, like a rooster and mother hens do. As Lulu's eye got worse Lila started taking care of Lulu, because this also affected her eye sight.
Lila leads Lulu places and stays with her at night. Lulu can't get up inside the hen house and Lila can, but Lila chooses to stay right by Lulu's side outside.
Of course I go out every night and I put both of them inside the hen house side by side. It's been getting cold at nights too.
Every morning I let the chickens out to roam, and Lila still always sticks by lulu's side. Lila would like to go off with the other chickens, but Lulu doesn't want to be near any of them, but her friend. I went out and got some shots of them this morning.
This is what they look like at six and a half months of age. And I added some pictures of their adopted siblings. The girl is Hope and the boy is Avril. The girl is already laying her own eggs.
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As they grew up they started drifting their separate ways. I don't know why, maybe it's because Lila always stayed back with Lulu and Avril and Hope wanted to roam with the flock.
Still walking side by side.
We finally got some rain, and grass is finally starting to show itself again. This is good for Lulu, it can help her health I imagine with the greens, and the bugs.
Lila is a very loyal friend to Lulu. Lulu is very lucky to have her.
If it weren't for Lila, Lulu wouldn't be here right now.
Lulu has come to view me as a second momma. She has trusted me because of how much time I need to spend with her. For instance she has become quite curious too.
I love my Lulu and Lila. They actually help each other out, and me too.
They help me to see that friends are people who stick by your side during hard times., and they don't ever leave you...
... Even when it's really hard...
... They share their food with you...
... And they make sure your right behind them...
These two have been through a lot, even though they're chickens, I think they are super cool! Most people look at chickens and think they are stupid, but they don't know that chickens have personalities, and sometimes they might be a very important friend to another chicken. Without one another they'd be cut in half. I hope that people see their friendship, and how important they are to each other. Not even Lulu and Lila, a lot of other chickens around the world could have connections with each other...
We just need to open our eyes and see...
Everyone needs a FRIEND~
Thank you everyone reading. Comments are appreciated.
I've also decided to enter in Lulu and Lila for chicken pic. of the week, for their outstanding friendship~
Lulu's eye is 100% healed. She can see, she's gotten all her weight back, and has even started chasing the younger ones and keeping them in line.
She did however very recently suffer from prolapse trying to lay her first egg. She survived and is doing great, but sadly she hasn't laid an egg since. Lila is laying eggs and her and Lulu are still best buddies and yes I still find them every night outside huddling together not inside the hen house!
I'm hopefully going to be incubating Lilas eggs this summer... I'm also hoping lulu will start laying again so I can have both her and Lila chicks.
Lulu is completely healed from everything she has been through! Plus she is laying eggs! She has learned to venture out by herself with other friends. Her and Lila still adore each other and they still are the best of friends. Thank you for reading about their story of friendship.