BELLA our Buff Orpington. She's going back to the store.
BELLA..or should we say BILL?
The secret to taming roosters...feed them wheat bread while you sit with them! It's an irresistible treat.
Personality: Though sold as a hen, Bella never acted like one. The charming, docile, even loveable personality that Buff Orpington hens are famous for never materialized. Instead, she was distrusting of people, wary, keen on hunting for food, and a loner. And now I know why...she (he) was always a rooster. You see, you can't really tell hens and roosters apart until the age of 4 months. Then dramatic changes occur in the roosters while the hens stay docile and even enjoy being picked up and petted.
Bella starting crowing this week, got her (his) feathers ruffled a lot, and got pretty bold about taking first place in the pecking order. I wish I could keep roosters, but our neighborhood and my wife don't appreciate Mother Nature's Alarm Clock.
Roosters are beautiful, but not too practical for city folks.
(image source: wikipedia)
So, who's left? Time for some fun hen humor.
THE 4 HENS
Today I put some mysterious items in their hen house. As you can see, they studied these carefully and are now deep in thought as to what they could possibly mean. Come on girls, you can figure this out. :-)
By next month we should get our first eggs from Hoot (brown), Zeebee & Phoebe (zebra stripes), and Gwen (black).
I'll post the first egg sometime in the future.
HAPPY HENS EXTRA: MY 5 MOST POPULAR CHICKEN TREATS to feed to your hens:
1. wheat breat
2. watermelon rinds
3. corn on the cob leftover cobs
4. pulled up St. Augustine grass (they eat the entire leaf & stems!)
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