Speckles and Frenchy turned 2 years old in early January 2020.
They are French Wheaten Maran half-sisters.
Speckles is second-in-charge (2IC) to Chickadee.
We love Speckles' fluffy little face which gives her lots of character.
Speckles is a curious and intelligent hen who's always on the lookout
and on guard, especially when Chickadee and Frenchy are taking a nap.
For these reasons, we like to call her 'Inspector Speckles'.
Speckles has a huge appetite, especially when she's laying eggs.
She eats a lot of food for a small hen and gobbles lots of lettuce.
Frenchy is at the bottom of the pecking order and tries to suck up to the 'boss'
Chickadee, which doesn't work as Chickadee is a big, old, cranky hen!
Frenchy is a timid, pretty little hen who also has a big appetite.
She loves fresh tomato, lettuce and fruit. She's not really a fussy eater,
except when we go to administer her quarterly worming tablets.
Frenchy won't tolerate the worming medication crushed up and hidden in food,
so we have to manually shove the worming tablets down her throat,
much to everyone's distress! Frenchy doesn't like to be handed much.
A couple of times, we've seen her do a funny sideways step
(like a crab) to avoid being touched!
Frenchy lays very large brown eggs when she's not moulting.