Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Easter Tail

The week before Easter, Nestle started moulting.
This is her second big moult.
Yes all those feathers on the ground came from you Nestle!
Chickadee started moulting too.
On Good Friday, Nestle only had two black tail feathers left.
The pile of feathers from the 2 Happy Hens is
growing and Nestle has lots of preening to do!
 Chickadee is fast asleep with her head on her breast.
Nestle's fluffy feathers.
You can see lots of new feather spikes on Nestle's breast. 
 Nestle shows off her two tail feathers.
By Easter Sunday, Chickadee only had one long tail feather left.
Nestle likes to perch under the outdoor table as it's too
uncomfortable to sit down on her new feather spikes.
The 2 Happy Hens have a rest under the outdoor table.
Nestle bares her patchy bald breast
whilst Chickadee takes a nap.
Nestle looks a bit scruffy.
On Easter Monday, Nestle lost all
her tail feathers for the first time.
Nestle looks like a bob-tail hen without her tail!
 
A tail-less hen.
Nestle stands among the grape vine.
Moulting Nestle hides under the bushes.
Nestle and Chickadee go bug hunting
along the back fence line at Easter time.
Chickadee likes to graze on grass in the afternoons.
Chickadee turned 2.5 years old at Easter.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Where's The Girls?

Nestle stands on top of the coop and is the dominant hen.
 Nestle looks to the side.
Chickadee takes her turn at being on top
of the coop and prepares to jump off.
Nestle went nesty in the long grass and attempted to make a nest! 
Chickadee enjoys playing and eating the green grass that needs mowing.
The 2 Happy Hens love hunting for bugs in the long grass after the rain.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

January and February has been unseasonably cool and very wet in the
2 Happy Hens' home town. It has been a rainy and humid start to 2017.
Nestle dislikes rainy days and hates 'the sky falling on her head'.
The grass has grown very fast with the recent rain giving
Nestle and Chickadee lots of greenery to graze on. 
 Nestle shakes her tail to try and dry her tail feathers.
 Nestle has a wet back after running around in the rain.
You can't miss 'BFC' (Big Fat Chickadee) in the background!
Lydia was impressed with Nestle's geology skills as she
attempts to pick up a small rock with her beak! 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Welcome 2017

 The new year is off to a flying start as January 2017 is nearly over!
The 2 Happy Hens shelter from a summer storm on the front door step.
 Nestle sits on the door mat whilst Chickadee stands up.
Chickadee has begun her first adult moult and new spikey feathers are
growing on her face. A new year means new feathers for Chickadee.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Soggy Snuggles

 
The 2 Happy Hens got very wet when over 2 inches
of rain fell in one December day.
Gerard rubs Chickadee who fluffs her soggy tail to look like a turkey!
 Chickadee's turkey tail impersonation!
Nestle preens her wet wing whilst standing on Gerard's knee.
Chickadee has 'soggy snuggles'.
Chickadee relaxes whilst Nestle stands alert.
 Nestle sits down for a rest.
Chickadee likes her warm body being massaged under the wings.
Nestle has a dirty spot on her beak from pecking the wet ground.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Coop Capers

Lydia went to check the coop on a hot Saturday morning and found one nesting
box had fallen off the perch and Chickadee's head was tucked under Nestle!
Nestle is sitting on Chickadee!
Nestle gives Chickadee the 'evil eye'.
It looks a bit crowded in that nesting box!
The 2 Happy Hens sit in their individual nesting
boxes after Lydia resurrects the fallen box.
Two hot chicks pant beak to beak.
Nestle likes the look of Chickadee's nesting box better.
Nestle makes a move.
Chickadee laid an egg but Nestle didn't!