The flock is looking good!Hello, all! Sorry for being so quiet here this past week! Mostly it was for a lack of things to post, but a couple days ago it became a result of a small amount of family drama, just in time for the holiday. Suffice it to say I hope that those of you who celebrate it are having a better Thanksgiving than I am!
Anyway, I thought I would stop by with pictures of the kids since they are 7 and 8 months old as of this week! I took the pictures a couple days ago (pre-drama), just didn't get around to cropping until today. First up, the OEGBs at 8 months old. The boys are shedding and regrowing their tail feathers at the moment, so they aren't quite as pretty as they were last time. This also made them a LOT less cooperative than last time (or maybe the pecking order shake-up did that?), so this was the best I could do for them. The girls were just being stinkers, so their pictures are also the best I got of them.
Achernar, big boss rooster boy:
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Altair, the delicate flower
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Rigel looking unfortunately stained...
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Toliman, with his poor clipped wings from too many escape attempts
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And Vega, my teeny-tiny sweetheart
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The boys have integrated together well and are now sticking together as a rooster flock, though Rigel paces at the fence at free-range time because he's used to being out and about with the flock. Too bad. Anyway, here are the three boys mingling together in their yard:
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Oh, and one last shot of Rigel. These OEGBs are very expressive with how they hold the feathers on the backs of their heads. I guess in this case it means he was a little alarmed by me coming into the yard for pictures? Vega is also notorious for doing this when I pick her up without permission, sort of like she's saying, "Excuse you!" Anyway, this was the first time I'd been able to really catch it in a picture and it made me giggle.
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Moving on, here are the EE girls at 7 months old, starting with Ganymede, who's finally over brooding!
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Mona, with her beard spiked.
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And Fifi with that big beard
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What a cutie
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Just for fun, here are just a few of the older girls from the same day. Myrna the Dorking, looking quite round these days:
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My sweet Elly
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And a couple silkied Cochin munchkins Abra, who looks lovely after her molt
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And Rowena, trying to decide if it's worth it to turn around and sass me.
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Hope everyone has a safe, happy, and very filling Thanksgiving! View attachment 1969825
Christmas will be here soon!Thank you both. I mentioned to my mom that I think my current camera chip is busted (it's been glitchy lately and sometimes not registering in my camera) and she surprised me with a Black Friday sale chip that's a MUCH larger capacity, so I guess I'm obligated to fill it with chicken pictures now. So, in other words, be ready for more pics soon.
The family drama, well. It's over now, but... I suppose it doesn't hurt to explain a little. It's not like we had fistfights or anything, so don't be too disappointed. Basically, my brother decided on Monday to invite himself, his girlfriend, and her child to what had been planned already as a small Thanksgiving here, so we had 3 days to make adjustments to the menu for more people, make preparations for space for them to stay overnight since he decided he wanted to stay through Saturday, get things around to occupy a third child (on top of my niece and nephew who were already going to be here), etc. Then on Wednesday, he drops the bombshell that he's coming that day, not on Thanksgiving as we all expected, leaving us to scramble to finish those last-minute preparations. So it was 3-1/2 days of stress, discomfort, awkwardness, and a lot of hiding away in my room because I just couldn't handle it otherwise. Thank goodness that's over with!
Very nice!I busted out the new camera chip for some pictures today! It's been chilly and windy all day, though, so the girls weren't exactly in the mood to have their pictures taken. Oh, well!
Here's Achernar with a handsome, over-the-shoulder pose.
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Callette the Silver Gray Dorking at the feed pan
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A close-up of Cazzie Cochin (and a full body shot below, too)
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Fancy the Partridge Rock, looking fancy She seemed a bit taken aback by me taking her picture, though.
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Flury Floofle-Poofles looking innocent. This is what's happened to the steps leading onto the deck, ugh. Gonna have to dig those bricks out and redo them so they're a bit less, err, ankle-twisting.
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The last of the Guineas I never did find any remains of the others out there...
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Look at all them chickens... This is all they wanted to do, huddle under the forsythia bush out of the wind.
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Marka! Not sure if she's posing fabulously or giving me a warning glare.
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Nadine (Black Copper Marans, aka normal-sized chicken) next to Vega (OEGB, aka teeny-tiny chicken)
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Nadine again. Love those eyes!
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Perdita the twisted-leg Dorking relaxing under the forsythia bush.
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Raven, the lovely old Wyandotte
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Roha, who stopped in the middle of grazing to come over. You, uh... You got a little something there...
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Rooska doing an about-face for some attention. Gotta love those Orps!
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Vega Oh my goodness, she was being the cutest li'l birdy!! I couldn't decide which picture I liked more, so have them all.
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Vivienne looking positively shiny!
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And lastly, Winter. I feel like I haven't gotten a good picture of him in ages, so I was stalking him a bit. Can you sense the fear and confusion in his eyes?
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One last one of Winter, when the wind caught one of his sickle feathers. Just thought it was comical.
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Elektor every two weeks and spray the coops with a garden quality spinosad.Hi, all! This month's gone by in a flash! Hope everyone's having a wonderful holiday season! Not much happening here other than lots of baking and gift wrapping. This past week I've also been dealing with fowl mites again. UGH! They seem to be resolved for now, but I'm looking at possibly a rotational treatment plan for over the winter while the birds are cooped up to make sure they're kept gone. I would really like to see the last of those creepy-crawlies for good this time!