A week earlier we had e-mailed someone on Craigslist about a posting for Rhode Island Red chickens to replace the pullet who died on-route to our house, she finally responded the day Sunny and the boy disappeared. Two days later (yesterday) I drove over to choose two pullets. The sellers had their own mix of critters, at least three golden retrievers, one a puppy who walked between my feet tripping me as we headed to the coop. Their cat was lazing in the sun and their horse hanging out in the small horse barn. The coop was tucked under the wide barn overhang and didn't seem substantial enough for raccoon protection. Inside were fifteen pullets, one was already named by their seven year old daughter, so she was off limits, but I could have the pick of the rest. Some were dark red and others more blond/buff. I chose two chicks with dark feathers and mischievous looks in their eyes. They both had clearly been well socialized by the children, they settled in my arms within a few seconds. They were officially named as they were chosen, the darker one is Scarlet, who despite her name seems calm and collected and the one that is slightly lighter is Phebe.
They bore the ride home well and are now being hazed by the rest of the flock in our coop, luckily they are close in age and size, so they should integrate into the group in a few days.
Now it seems I need to review HTML, because the formatting for the blog is not working the way I want it to. Please excuse the ill-arranged pictures, but here are portraits of the flock as they look today. There are no cute fluffy chicks anymore, there are mini-chickens and gawky-ducks who are in large but not all feathered yet.
|Lily and a boy|
|Kiwi hiding in tall grass|