Thursday, 8 June 2017

Hide and Seek

Chickadee hides in her favourite bush.
Nestle camouflages with the leaf litter and
feathers on the ground left over from moulting.
 Nestle hides behind the bush.
Nestle pokes her head through the bush.
I can see you!
Chickadee sits under the bush and pecks a hole in the dirt
whilst Nestle has a nap on a pile of autumn leaves.
 The 2 Happy Hens feel safe in the garden and have a rest.

Monday, 29 May 2017

New Feathers

Nestle's tail has grown back during the last
4-6 weeks after her big moult in April.
Nestle perches under the table
whilst Chickadee crouches.
Chickadee has a spiky head as her new feathers grow.
Chickadee sits in her favourite corner.
This is Lydia's favourite photo of Nestle with her new feathers.
Nestle has grown so many new feathers she has
a line of new fluff hanging loose above her leg.
 Nestle stands on one leg as she prepares to stretch.
Nestle does a big wing stretch and shows off her new wing feathers.
Nestle raises her neck and stands tall showing
off her lovely new plumage on her breast.
 The 2 Happy Hens have a rest around lunch time daily.
Chickadee has a happy and contented look on
her face as she takes a nap sitting behind Nestle.

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.