The Brahma Girls

  1. Sk8inChick(en)
    For several years we had hatched some eggs in a friend's homemade incubator. We only kept the chicks for a week, and then gave them to a local farmer. I always wanted to keep "just one," but we just didn't know much about chickens, so we always ended up giving all the chicks away.

    Hatching eggs did get me interested in chickens, and several years later I did lots of reading and research and began the process of getting chickens. After I had done all that reading, it was time to get the show on the road.

    A local feed and garden store was getting in several batches of day-old chicks in the spring, so we decided to take the plunge, and reserved four Brahma chicks. Then we decided to add some Buff Orpingtons, so we changed the order and reserved two Brahma chicks and two Orps. And then we were going to add Silkies... The order was changed several times, and we finally ended up with two fuzzy, yellow Light Brahma chicks.

    When we brought Kitty and Georgina home, the brooder wasn't even set up, and so they spent their first hour or so in the kitchen sink under the light fixture. They survived a temp spike of 109 degrees when the heat lamp fell into the brooder. It's true when they say Brahmas are tough!

    The "girls" grew and grew some more, and from about one week of age, "Georgina," started sprouting a litte pink comb. At about two months, she suddenly "blossomed," and her comb doubled in size, turned bright red, and she grew wattles that were about a half an inch long.
    "Kitty," however, still had a completely peach-colored face, with a tiny comb and no wattles. We became slightly suspicious of "Georgina."

    This is Kitty and Georgie at about 10-12 weeks

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    Well, we began pondering what to do with our "pullet" if she were a "he." We were pretty sure we had a young roo, and a lot of folks on BYC agreed with us. All that was left to do was wait for the crow. Well, one day, I found one of the chickens up in the coop, and I was so excited I told my mother "Kitty is in the nest box!" When I arrived back at the coop, I realized that it was Georgie in the nest box. Then, she came out of the box and stood on the edge of the coop, looking like she'd just come out of labor. Well, I guess she had. Our little "rooster" had laid a beautiful little brown egg!


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    Kitty is our chicken with the most "chickenality." She lets you hold her on her back in you arms, while she stretches out her feet, and lays her head back. She doesn't seem to mind being cuddled.

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    While Kitty is quite laid back, she has been known to show our 45-65 pound dogs who's boss. She pecks, and/or "stink-eyes" them if they get in her way.

    Kitty is a spoiled little hen, and every morning when I let the girls out of the coop, Kitty raises a stink if she doesn't get her "lift" down from the coop. The princess is above using coop ramps, unless she absolutely has to. Her chauffer generally obliges to her request for a lift. We can't have Miss Kitty ruining her fine feathered feet by walking down a lowly coop ramp.

    Kitty and Georgie and extremely bonded to one another, and are pretty much inseparable. In fact, every time Georgie goes up to lay her egg, Kitty acts as her "midwife." She either sits outside the nest box, or she perches on the edge of the box, while she waits for Georgie to finish.
    It is the cutest sight to witness!

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    Kitty and Georgie have always been best friends.
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    Kitty is also a professional model.
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    Kitty and Georgie
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    Kitty on the left, Georgina on the right




    We made a prototype chicken sweater for the girls, and tried it on Kitty. She wasn't too impressed.

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    And last, but not least, I must include a picture of the girls' coop decorated for Christmas.

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    It's blurry, but that is a mini santa on the roof of the coop!


    Thanks for reading!

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  1. chicknfun
    Oh, yeah, the sweater is perfect!!
  2. chicknfun
    So Cute! I wish my favorite hen would let me hold her like Miss Kitty!!
  3. Sk8inChick(en)
    Kitty and Georgie appreciate all your nice comments! Busymadre, good luck with your new chickens! EE's are a great breed to start with. And the blue and green eggs are a bonus! Oh, and once you have backyard chickens, it's pretty much impossible not to bond with them. Once you're going out in the frigid temps holding a flashlight so your girls can have a midnight snack, you know you're bonded. Not that I ever do that, of course...
  4. Melabella
    Love the pictures,, great story,, thank you!
  5. FeelingPeckish
    Loved your story, thanks for sharing with us! The great pictures were such an added bonus- cheers to Georgina and Kitty!
  6. juliachick
    Super Cute! I want brama's so much!
  7. RangingChicks
    What a great story, thanks for sharing :)
  8. Brandi Leigh
    Great story!
  9. busymadre
    Getting 6 EE chicks in 9 days (but who's counting). Had chickens many years ago, but never really bonded with them. Hoping to take more time with them this time and treat them more like pets. Hoping I bond with mine like you have obviously bonded with yours.
    Thanks for the story, I needed that today:)
  10. ChickadeeRanch
    Love it!
    May they have good health for years to come
  11. yevisk
    The chicken in the wreath should be an xmas card! Priceless!!!
  12. Eggnog101
    Great story :D
  13. dhrace2000
    Love the story and pictures, thanks for sharing!
  14. chickenbusiness
    Love it..they are beautiful!
  15. WestminsterHens
    Love your chickens!
  16. chickenbusiness
    Awesome story. Love the pictures.
  17. soler
    i greatly enjoyed reading your story, and that first sweater photo is so funny...
  18. Sk8inChick(en)
    Thank you all for the lovely comments! I told the girls they were famous, and all they had to say was: "Let us out, it's time to free-range." Such ungrateful chickens... :)
  19. tammyfarms
    I have three light brahmas that are the best chickens ever... The little roo is the friendliest of all my chickens and loves to be picked up and petted. Thanks for sharing your story. Love the pics!
  20. Shanti Marie
    Your chickens are really beautiful, looks like they are well cared for.
  21. DDNONIN2016
    Adorable chickens. Adorable story. Thanks for contributing :)
  22. CHICKEN CRAZY1
    You have a very unique pair! You are very lucky.
  23. kellysmall87
    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Great picture, fantastic story. I have a few chicks with a comb coming, I hope they are as deceptive as Georgina was and they are hens! :)
  24. sezjasper
    It's me again...lol...also wanted to tell you I love the sweater!! And I love the way you painted inside their coop!! And the Christmas decorations!! I'm starting to feel a little silly but I was so tickled to see Georgina as a POW and reading your story was the icing on the cake! Thanks for the smiles today!
  25. sezjasper
    I love your story!! I don't know if you remember, but a while back, you posted three pictures of Georgina right after she laid her first egg on the "What is this chicken thinking?" thread. Someone captioned the pictures so perfectly...had Georgina singing "Over the Rainbow." I suggested you put the three pictures together with the lyric captions and sell the prints...you answered, telling me to go for it and send you a print if I did it. Well, I've gone a bit farther than that...lol... I sent the pictures to a woman I work with who is also the most sensational artist. She is going to do original drawings of Georgina...and judging by her other work that I've seen, she is going to capture Georgina's expression and personality perfectly! I can't wait for it to be finished! I'm buying the original, but I will also buy a print for you and send it to you if you will PM me with your address. I do know she hasn't started on the drawings yet, so if you have changed your mind, please let me know...or you can let the artist know. Her name is Sarah LeBon, she has an Etsy shop and also a Facebook page under "Sarah LeBon Portrait Artist." I hope you don't change your mind though...I just love those pictures of Georgina, she sang her way into my heart!!
  26. christybmom9802
    Omg that pic or her looking at the sweater like "what is my mom doing to me" made me laugh out loud!
  27. Mac14
    How cute! :)
  28. BigRooNTN
    I want some. They were going to be my first choice but I couldnt find any locally. They are gorgeous.
  29. Chickenfan4life
    Congrats on POW! Kitty is such a sweet lil girl!
  30. roostersandhens
    kitty must be soooo sweet!
  31. CinnamonQueen
    Congrats on POW!
  32. Attila the Hen
    That is precious. I love the feet.Very photogenic chicks.
  33. 5hotchicks
    Awwwww...I'm jealous about the way kitty lets you hold her :( I have 4 black australorpes , and altough they are all sisters,
    "Baby" and" Ella" hang together and" Evil" and "Crow" are buddies....it's funny how they have their preferences of who to befriend just like people....They are beautiful, GREAT Pics!
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  35. memechick
    I loved this story!! It made me smile ...... Kitty & Georgie are so cute. I love the sweater too ...... I wish I knew how to make those.
  36. willowbranchfarm
    Great pictures!!!
  37. 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.
  38. chickenpooplady
    I love the Christmas pictures!
  39. Familyochickens
  40. Brookliner
    Great Story
  41. BantamFan4Life
    good pictures!

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