Sunday, February 24, 2013

Henny Penny

Who would have guessed? Three weeks ago I had no interest in chooks.  Now I'm enthralled with a little bantam hen and her chicks.  This could be the first of a series about Henny Penny, Speckles and Black Pearl.  

It all started, as so many things do, with an innocent game.  A game of Let's Pretend.  "Let's pretend we are opening your house and garden to visitors to make some money.", said Georgia.  I lifted a limp wrist to my brow in my best grand lady imitation and objected to strangers traipsing through my home, wearing out my priceless carpets, but agreed they could visit the garden. 

Of course, a marketing plan was necessary, we needed something to attract visitors "all the way out here", something a little different, something the visitors wouldn't see in town.  We agreed, in the end, to Highland and Galloway cattle in the paddock next to the house.  For some unknown reason Georgia's Dad wasn't so keen on her suggestion that he sell a couple of cows and buy a Highland bull.

Something smaller and more affordable was needed. Many hours, and much discussion, later we had decided upon exotic bantams.  And somewhere along the way, the minute we spotted this gorgeous little Spangled Pekin rooster, we stepped over the line between make believe and real, live fowl. Even Georgia knows you can't have a rooster without any hens so not long after we acquired Speckles, we got two little hens to keep him company.  One of the hens turned her toes up within 24 hours but little Black Pearl enjoys the attention of her new mate. 

I expect to take many photos of Pearl, she is glossy black with irridescent blues and greens which reminded Georgia of pearls.

Now, I know, we should have finished it there. And we would have.  Had not Georgia spotted a little bantam hen and 9 chicks for sale on TradeMe (NZ on line auction website).   She reminded me of something, sparked an emotional response and I wanted her. 

Honestly, it wouldn't have gone this far had we not found absolute bargains at every turn, right down to a super cheap chicken coop.

Isn't she beautiful?  And how cute are those chicks?


  1. All you need now is it that one lays an egg that turns out to hatch into something unexpected... and your story will be like a book by Edith Nesbit.

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  3. It's many many years since I kept hens although we did have some up at The House for a while. One of my neighbours in Lewis keeps dozens of hens and ducks and they are completely freerange. I do draw the line, however when they stray the 100 yards or so down the croft (of which there are hundreds of acres) and start raiding my garden. They can make a huge mess in no time at all.

  4. Hello Pauline and Georgia,

    Just so lovely, hope their are some egg layers among those chickens.Great photo's of the chicks.

    Happy days.

  5. Chickens are intriguing. I just stand and watch mine sometimes. They are always so busy and nothing is unnoticed by them.


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