Monday, 5 March 2018

Chickadee's Portrait Pictures

Chickadee is a shiny Rhode Island Red hen.
 Chickadee has some spiky new feathers growing
on her head near the base of her red comb.
 She's got quite a symmetrical face.
 Chickadee has her eyes half closed.
She's awake again with eyes wide open!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Tall Green Grass

The 2 Happy Hens enjoy the lovely green grass that
has grown rapidly due to recent summer rainfall.
Nestle stretches forward to reach the grass seeds.
Chickadee watches on.
The 2 Happy Hens cross paths as they feed on grass.
Nestle's legs are hidden in the tall green grass.
Chickadee stands on one leg as she takes a break from grazing.
Something catches the attention of the 2 Happy Hens
as they both look in the same direction.
Chickadee is so big compared to little Nestle.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Backyard Grazing

The 2 Happy Hens graze in the backyard.
Chickadee is still growing new feathers after her big moult last month.
 Nestle crouches down to feed on grass whilst Chickadee
feeds along the fence line in the background.
The 2 Happy Hens take a break from grazing
to see what I'm doing with the camera.
Nestle is an old girl now aged 5 years and 8 months.
We've never had pet hen live so long before.
Nestle looks good for her age.
The 2 Happy Hens dig a big hole in the backyard.
You can see Chickadee's big footprints in the dirt. 
Nestle and Chickadee turn their separate
ways after they finish scratching the dirt.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Spiky Start to the New Year

On 2nd-3rd January 2018, Chickadee did a
big, sudden moult and lost a lot of feathers.
Chickadee started the New Year with a spiky back, wings and no tail feathers.
In this photo, Chickadee is eating noodles as Nestle keenly looks on.
Chickadee finds it very uncomfortable to sit down in
the sun with her body covered in new feather spikes.
 Chickadee only has a few full size wing feathers left.
She looks funny without a tail and a fluffy rear end!
Hopefully Chickadee's new feathers grow back quick!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Christmas Cuddles

The 2 Happy Hens like to have cuddles in
the morning before Lydia goes to work.
Lydia takes a selfie with Nestle and Chickadee.
Double Christmas cuddles!
Chickadee ducks for cover in this photo as Nestle steals the show.
A close up of Nestlé's face.

Season's Greetings

 The 2 Happy Hens have their photo taken for Christmas.
Lydia finds it difficult to take a good photo of both hens together.
 Nestle will have her 5th Christmas with us after she recovered
from an illness in October-November. We're grateful that vet
treatment and two courses of antibiotics had a positive affect.
 Nestle is back to her normal self after a suspected respiratory
infection and complications from producing deformed eggs.
Nestle is past her egg laying days.
Nestle "the boss" stands confident at Christmas time.
 There's a big size difference between the 2 Happy Hens!
Chickadee is a large Rhode Island Red pure breed hen.
Nestle looks sleepy as many people do this time of year!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Funny Selfies

After work one Friday, Lydia was at home sitting on the veranda and the
2 Happy Hens came and sat with her for some pats and attention.
Lydia took her iPhone out of her top shirt pocket and took some selfies.
Lydia's clever friend Brad had fun editing the photos using Photoshop.
This photo of 'the girls' and 'The Muppets' characters by Jim Henderson
is hilarious - Lydia reckons it is the best photo of the year!
 Nestle stands in front, with taller Chickadee
behind and Lydia in the background.
Donald Trump pays a visit and joins in the selfie fun!
 Girls just want to have fun on a Friday afternoon.
The 2 Happy Hens have their identity hidden by oranges!