Thursday, 26 April 2018

Sunny Side Up

Little old Nestle likes to position herself in a sunny position in the
backyard, avoiding any shadows in the cool autumn mornings.
Nestle has a nap standing up as the sun warms her body.
Nestle is losing her eyesight in old age, especially in her left eye.
She still likes to eat long green grass shoots and scratch the ground.
Her red comb has shrunk due to her old age.
Nestle sunbakes under the wooden outdoor setting.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Chickadee's First Egg of 2018

There were no eggs for Easter this year, however
Chickadee laid her first egg of 2018 on 17th April.
She's been off the lay for about 6 months due to moulting.
It'll be nice to eat fresh 'home grown' eggs
again and not buy them from the shop!
Nestle checks on Chickadee in the coop.
Nestle is looking old in the face. She's nearly a 6 year old hen. 
Nestle takes a nap whilst Chickadee is in the nest.

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.