Tuesday, May 4, 2010

PURPLE FEATHERS?

Oh, Springtime in New England, the air is permeated with the heavenly fragrance of apple blossoms and daffodils. The visual presence of Spring blossoms are found as far as the eye can see. Tis Springtime at it's finest hour. For now the "dust has settled" here at Dog Trot Farm. Well, if you exclude me locking myself out of the house and my DH's company vehicle being taken for a joy ride at 4AM, but that is a story for another day. Dear sweet Gladys has returned to the company of her sisters in the chicken yard. First it was days only, but now that I am assured she is capable of flying to the roost at night time she is residing full time. I do miss the presence of a hen in the house, DH agrees and Winslow Homer rather enjoyed having a "bunk mate."
Gladys was warmly welcomed back by the flock and so happy to once again be able to bathe. My girl Gladys loves to let the dirt fly. However, it appears an uprising has been going on in the coop unbeknown to me. First Gladys spilled the beans....
Then Charlotte was more than happy to voice her opinion (by the way Charlotte completely recovered from her incident with Mr. Fox with his jaws of death. She is plump and seems no worse for wear.)
Little Henny Penny just couldn't wait to add her two cents. (Henny has completely recovered from the trauma of being hen pecked and her feathers have grown in quite nicely.)
Please do not let on to Miss Willa that I took this most undignified photo of her - she is rather modest. Someone once again has been feather pecking, this time derrieres. Three derrieres for that matter. Out comes the Blue Kote - again. I should have bought stock with this company. I informed the girl's purple feathers were hip and they would be contributing to fashion history, soon there would be purple feathers in chicken yards everywhere.
But why was it that this girl "Miss Pip" retained all her feather's, might that be a guilty look on her face? Why I do believe so and yes I have just experienced this naughty girl in action.
And with that Miss Pip is now having a "time out"
Did I mention I missed having a hen in the house????







10 comments:

Kim said...

Oh My, your posts always bring a smile to my face. The girls are all looking lovely, even the blue-butted one! Lol But Miss Pip does not look overly impressed with her "time out". Could it be she is not a 4-star kind of gal?

JC said...

I wonder why she's doing it ?

Pondside said...

I love how you write about your girls - such personality in your chicken yard!
We have three new Auricana ladies and they seem to have settled in well with the others - no serious pecking or chasing, and they all snuggle together at night.

Eve said...

I'm so glad to see Gladys is out with the girls again! I bet it is just beautiful in Maine right now! A good time out seems necessary...for all!
And I'd like to say that you should probably never use the term "plump" to describe a chicken....not around them anyway...I'm just sayin.....

DayPhoto said...

You are a chicken whisper!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Genny said...

All I could think of when I saw Miss Willa's bum was Ouch!! I love your stories. And Miss Pip looks like she's saying "Who Dat?!"

Anonymous said...

I love the tails about your girls even if theirs are naked. The dish is on display on the dining room table for now! How about sea shells for your glass containers or colored glass?

rockriverstitches said...

Always enjoy your stories about your chickens. Thanks for stopping by my blog and posting about my hosta leaf bird bath. Yes, rhubarb would work wonderfully!

Tammy

Rural Rambler said...

Oh no Julie! Not Pip! Pip is the naughty girl responsible for those featherless little chicken butts, umm derrieres!!! And a timeout too, oh my. I am so happy that Gladys has recovered and is back with her gal pals. Charlotte too :) This is a fun post Julie. And isn't May just a very lovely month?!

Finegan Antiques said...

What a group of girls you have! Each one seems to have a distinct personality and all are adorable. I'm glad to see that everyone is healthy and life is getting back to normal.

Donna