Monday, 17 July 2017

Dirt Bath Joy

Chickadee and Nestle prepare to have a dirt bath.
They love to spend an hour or more snoozing and dirt bathing.
In summer, the 2 Happy Hens can have two dirt baths a day.
Nestle rolls her head in the dirt.
Chickadee kicks dirt in the air, creating a brown dust cloud!
Now it's Nestle's turn to kick dirt everywhere!
Nestle fluffs herself up in the dirt bath.
The 2 Happy Hens love dirt baths.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Nestle Turns 5

Nestle turns 5 years old this month (June 2017).
We are very happy that Nestle is our oldest surviving
pet hen whom we've owned for 4.5 years. 
Nestle looks like a healthy 5 year old hen with her new feathers and tail.
She is very soft and fluffy with a strong personality (sooky and dominant).
Nestle went to the vet recently and had her
long toe nails trimmed by the vet nurse.
Nestle may be the smallest hen, but she's certainly
the boss of Chickadee and the 2 Happy Hens!

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.
Nestle hides her face behind a leafy bush branch.
We can still see you Nestle!

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.