Pardon the dark picture - I have been waiting for more sun, but, then, you wouldn't see this until April. From left to right: Cornelia (Cayuga - home hatch), Gertie (Ancona - Melanie hatched), Dolley (Cayuga/Swedish Blue - Kentucky Baby - Fiona!!!), and Dimples (Ancona - home hatch).
Gertie is the one who protects the flock - she comes at you, head lowered, laughably unthreatening.
Cornelia is the prima donna - bathes in the water dish, no matter who needs a drink.
Dolley is the noisiest - she has the cutest white bib. She is also non-stop babbling.
Dimples is adorable.
I love the duck footprints in the snow. You will also note the inevitable fluffy Faverolles. They still think that the duck yard is theirs - plus, they are still young and light enough to make it over the fence. (Ah, I remember those days...)
I took this picture of Peckito with his little harem on my way back to the house to get ready for work. Bunny has the young girls, Peckito has everyone else. The two roosters look remarkably alike, with Bunny having silver/grey legs and Peckito with bright yellow.
|Peckito with Betty, Biffy, Buffy, and two|
of Bunny's girls....
I was so thrilled that I was ahead of the curve on getting out of the door on time, when there was quite a flap in the chicken yard - I had to throw clothes on and race outside. It must have been a hawk, as everyone was under cover - some under bushes, ducks under their hut and the rest in the coop. It's always something.