Family Photo Friday!

Family Photo Friday

Here is a photo of Blanche and Pearl on a backyard outing when they were about three weeks old, maybe a little older. They were still spending most of their time in the brooder, not quite ready to join the others permanently outdoors.

Blanche is the larger chick in the lower right looking for something to eat. Pearl is the smaller chick in the upper left hoping to have a good profile for her photo.

Pearl was always the more rambunctious of the two. She was hardly ever still and hardly ever quiet. Blanche has been a model of patience for chickens and people everywhere. She would always put up with Pearl’s silliness and just kept eating.

And Blanche did eat. A lot. And Blanche still eats. A lot more.  Blanche turned out to be the largest of all my chickens. She is much bigger than Pearl now by comparison, and her comb and wattles are easily twice as large.

From the very beginning, I believe that Pearl had a plan. She was going to be quiet. She was going to mind her own business. She was going to keep her head down. And she was going to eat everything in sight and become the largest chicken anyone in the world (or at least in our neighborhood) has ever seen.

Then she could keep her head up high. Then she could have her choice of the best sunny spots and the best dustbath spots. Then she would not have to worry about any of the other chickens pecking her. Then Pearl wouldn’t be climbing all over her and annoying her.

Blanche’s plan was successful except for the last part. Pearl still crawls all over her and all under her and does everything she can think of to get Blanche’s attention. But they are inseparable, and I’m unsure what Blanche would do if anything ever happened to her best friend Pearl.

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Family Photo Friday!

Family Photo Friday

Hold onto your hearts! And maybe your funny bones too! This week’s photo features Pearl in the center on a backyard outing with Blanche (just barely visible to the back), Gracie (to the left), and Bessie (to the right). Or is that Bessie (to the left) and Bessie (to the right)? It’s hard tell them apart when you can’t see the combs on top of their heads. (Bessie’s comb became slightly misshapen and floppy after she defended everyone from a predator.)

I thought this might be a good one to share because this week’s posts have all been focused on Pearl and her dream of being a standup comedian. This photo was taken last fall, and I think it gives you a good idea of how beautifully white she and Blanche appear in the sunlight as I wrote about recently.

Don’t you think there’s a bit of celebrity status in the way she is strutting for the camera while everyone else is hunting for insects?!?

Before closing, I want to thank all of my regular readers for continuing to follow along with these simple chicken cartoons and stories. I hope you will enjoy Pearl’s opening night posts which I have planned for next week in “Pearl’s Comedy Coop”…if all goes well!

Thanks again!

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I will do my best to post each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Every “Like,” “Follow,” and “Comment” is truly appreciated!

Family Photo Friday!

Family Photo Friday

This is definitely a “Hold onto your hearts!” photo. You may remember last Friday I shared a photo of my boy Lefty the day he moved to a farm in the country. He looked grumpy and betrayed. The next day I took Rudy to the farm to join him.

This photo is of Rudy and her first day-old chick. Definitely a stronger resemblance to Lefty the new Dad than Rudy the new Mom, wouldn’t you say? Here is one of Rudy’s own baby chick photos for comparison.

Rudy is waiting for the others chicks to hatch and join this first one. While the eggs in the clutch are laid over several days, they remain in a suspended state until the hen has the number of eggs that she wants. When she begins to stay with them and warm them, then the chicks begin to develop. This ensures they will all hatch at roughly the same time.

Rudy is a great Chicken Momma as I think you can tell. She is strong and protective, and a real sweetheart, though in this photo she is seriously guarding her sleepy-looking little treasure.

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