Costi and Jena have been such a fun experience for me. They arrived at the beginning of June, 2014 -- a birthday gift from my parents and sister -- from Murray McMurray hatchery. I had been a chicken girl since age 6, but I've now converted to the world of waterfowl. My pair of Sebastopols do a great job of keeping themselves clean, even when their only "bath tub" is their water bucket, and their clumsy curiosity makes for great entertainment! They think I'm "Mother Goose" and will often follow me when they are allowed out of their pen. Running across the lawn after me with their wings spread out is a fun thing for them. (They can't fly at all.) And, although they refuse to eat bread -- ? -- they adore lettuce and watermelon, and more than anything else: dandelion greens! They love to splash in their kiddie pools, sometimes gracefully, sometimes not so gracefully.
Baby Costi (my gander)
Somewhere between a few weeks and a month old.
At about 2 months old. Note the juvenile gray that Jena has -- she's in the water.
Near Christmas, 2014 (going on 7 months old)
At nesting season, March, 2015.
One of Jena's eggs next to a small, green chicken egg (Easter Egger)
August, 2015. Jena & Costi, left to right.
Just moved into their new shed: January, 2016
Jena's nest, March, 2016. Sadly, none of them hatched.