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A Tour of the Chicken-Children

And here his is, Menina’s boy toy.  We named him “House” after Dr. House from the television show with the same title.  So named for his mythical limp he uses when Menina approaches… House is a constant source of comedic relief.  Our intent was to find a man for Menina so that she could enjoy mothering her own species instead of wooden Hobby Lobby eggs.  If House made any romantic overtures, they were obviously lost on our gal, Menina.

Persnickety thing, isn’t she?  I can’t help but adore that little maneater.  She’s a babe and she knows it.

Look at that confident stride?  She owns that runway.  And that haughty expression?  No wonder House turns into a stuttering, hobbling peep around her.  But enough of the match-making.  Shall we take a tour of the chicken-children?

Meet Sara Beth (a.k.a. Kansas Sunshine) our psychedelic chicken.  She lays green eggs, has furry legs and facial hair.  Auntie Katydid and I declared her a hippy chick if ever there was one.  She’s an Ameraucana and proud of it.  Were she human, we feel sure that she would drive a chocolate brown Volvo station wagon covered with political bumper stickers, wear wool-blend socks with Birkenstocks, and dash about in long flowing skirts that fail to hide unshaven legs.  That’s my girl.

And the dynamic duo: Buttercup and Lucy.  These two are secretly plotting takeover.  They are former child stars… Buttercup achieved early fame from taking her place as a header image and posing in my kitchen as the cutest yellow chick I have ever seen.  Lucy enjoyed considerably more attention after parking herself on my sink faucet and getting published in Small Town Living.  They have not taken kindly to their D-List  status and after some dark periods they have decided to start taking minor roles in Lifetime Original Movies.

So, there’s a brief tour.  We aren’t finished.  Ho! Ho!  Just when you thought you were safe… the chicks are getting big and are quickly making their personalities known.  I leave you with a snapshot of that little bit of that chaos.  And the Buff Orpingtons… our little nudists.  But that’s another post for another day.

  • marky - Glad to have met the chicks and their beaus!ReplyCancel

  • Gina - So funny!!!
    Can’t wait to hear about the nudists!! hahaha!

    Have you ever read Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver? I think you’d enjoy it.ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - LOL!
    We love to sit and watch ours. They do have some unique personalities… =DReplyCancel

  • Laurie - What a lovely little society of chickens you have! I enjoy my chickens, too. Although, mine are confined to the chicken yard because I’m afraid they won’t come back to lay eggs. I’m not sure what to do about that because I’d prefer that they free-ranged. We have alot of woods around us and I just don’t want to have to hunt for eggs in such a huge area.ReplyCancel

  • amyb - tonight’s the night we sign the kids up for 4-H. they are all excited about the chickens they will be raising and showing. haley’s excited because she gets to do chickens and a pig!

    question, what are your favorite breeds of chickens? why?ReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: What a fun post with all your names, what a great family.ReplyCancel

  • Paulette - OK Lacy, I have chicken questions and I think you are the one to ask…I want chickens when we get moved to the country. My DH is opposed. He uses the chicken snake / smelly chicken poop / coyote’s will eat them / and “what do you do with them in the winter” argument with me. Any suggestions for me bringing him around?ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Your chickens are just beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Dear Lacy,
    I think your chickens are great. I did not know of so many varieties. All animals have personality we just have to look for it. You have a gift for that. Keep up the great work. lol Love AlwaysReplyCancel

  • YDavis - I love the color of House! No wonder Menina picked him as her boy toy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • gingela5 - They’re so cute. And “House” is so handsome–how can she resist him? His coloring is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Tipper - Nice to meet all the chickens!!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Oh Lacy, what a fun post! I adore your chicken clan! and you are obviously crazy about them! Heck they’ve got names, and ‘histories’! I love mine too, the personalities are fun to observe, but you, my Dear, have made me want to go out there and REALLY get to “know” them!!
    Hope your weekend is great!

  • Valarie Lea - The description of SaraBeth is to cute. Reminds me of a girl I work with Henrietta, aka Henri 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tia Julie - I love chickens. Raul and I love the show “House” and Dr. House. Definitely makes us laugh as we are sure the new House chicken would. 🙂 (no pun intended).ReplyCancel

  • Ann - They’re all gorgeous – but the colors on House – WOWSA!!ReplyCancel

  • shelli - That post was hysterical! The chickens are pretty. Way prettier than the all white ones we eat for dinner, well I think they are all white, it’s hard to tell without their feathers. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kath - I liked meeting your chickens!! House and Sara Beth are quite unique.

    We use to have some kind of Frenchie chickens. They were all fluffy. The mothers really reproduced but alas the cats would get the chicks thru the chicken wire as they were the cutest daintiest things. So frustrating.

    Fun post!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Hi Lacy,

    What a hilarious post!

    Your boy is looking very pretty! His colouring is just gorgeous! I hope Menina lets him come calling soon.

    Has she gone broody yet? They could have some pretty babies. Imagine how tiny their chicks would be!

    I had to put one of my girls (Chickitty China) who is a similar colour to yours in the naughty cage this morning as she has been insistent on hatching thin air for about three weeks now, despite not being allowed to sit on any eggs. We can keep 12 chickens in the suburbs here but no rooster :-(. I would love to get some fertile eggs and have some little babies about the place.

    Buttercup is soooo gorgeous. Is she a Rhode Island Red or something else?

    Thanks for the great chicken post!


  • Dawn - I love the colours of House; what a handsome dude. You have some great commentary on your chickens; super puns. We are enjoying our chickens and they have such personality. C can tell them apart, all 51 of them, but I just know the one that is always out and wanders far to visit with the donkeys.ReplyCancel

  • Landon - What a colorful family! Buttercup and House especially. House affects a limp when Menina approaches? Priceless! Like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof pretending to be praying when Golde comes with a chore for him. You have certainly mastered a winning combination of witty commentary and excellent photography. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - When the boys were young (me too) we had chickens and ducks. Our friends thought we were crazy. We loved it. There is nothing like sitting on the porch in the early evening watching them scratch and peck.

    Added bonuses: I never weeded the rose garden, I never bought fertilizer for my garden or eggs for our family, and it gave my aging Border Collie a great job (getting them up in the morning and putting them to bed at night).

    After seeing the benefits of having chickens our friends went and got themselves some too.

    Aren’t they goofy little things?ReplyCancel

  • Terra - These are gorgeous chickens and you are a fun writer. I will be back. I found you by the comment you left on my book’s blog, at http://scrapbookofchristmasfirsts.blogspot.com
    Have you considered writing for Hobby Farms Magazine? I did for many years; they are right up your alley, or shall I say farm path.

  • Paula - What a hysterical post! Too funny ~ Their all stars in their own right, but my personal favorite is Sara Beth. Who couldn’t love a freespirit like that?!ReplyCancel

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