Temptation.

It generally comes in the form of chocolate, but for Dodger and for me, temptation is shaped like a chicken.

The Dodge took a half-hearted run at Autumn and Hope this morning while they were free-ranging in what we call the “Big World” that lies beyond the Magic Chicken Kingdom, aka, under the oaks where we hope they are devouring everything that is, was or would become a tick.

Dodger keeps a safe distance from those scary chickens

Plotting his strategy

"You don't seriously think you could take me down, do you?"

The CE has been neatening up the little strip of yard beneath the oaks, which now beckons the peeps to follow the yellow brick road…

Looks nice!

All roads seemingly do lead us into temptation, however, so back to that topic…when Ivan was over for poker the other night, he mentioned that his family will be placing an order for chicks in the spring. They keep a flock of at least a few dozen for laying and eating, so they can easily manage the hatchery minimum order of twenty-five chicks. After hearing that we had lost Lilly, Ivan volunteered that I could add a few chicks onto their order if I wanted to, and that’s when the door to temptation was flung wide open.

Depending on the day and my discipline level, I might sensibly decide that I shouldn’t add to the flock until 2011 or, alternatively, I get whipped into a frenzy of chicken lust and justify the idea of adding two or three chicks this coming spring. I continue to dream of Silkies…

A "splash" Silkie hen

With Belgian Mille Fleur d’Uccles as a close second…

Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Bantam

Both of these breeds are known for having calm, friendly temperaments. Silkies are sometimes referred to as being the “lap kittens” of the chicken world. They are bantams, though, so they can’t be sexed, their eggs are smaller, and their lighter weight may make them a bit more of a “flight risk”.

French Marans

Marans lay gorgeous dark brown eggs

Sultans originated in Turkey

Interesting breeds of chicken abound, and, while I would love to have Marans for their chocolate-colored eggs, or Sultans, or even Dominiques, truthfully I think I might just go for another Ameracauna or Easter Egger like Autumn. They come in various colors. most of them seem to have great personalities, and their eggs are little treasures: colors range from light pink to turquoise to olive green.

A Buff Ameracauna hen

So many chickens…so little coop space!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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4 Responses to Temptation.

  1. Jean Gutsche says:

    Can you add new chicks to a group of grown hens? Does it mess up the “pecking order?’ Love those French Marans.

  2. pollo amiga says:

    purple eggs are pretty interesting…

  3. Kamil says:

    Hello
    Jestem z Polski i chciałbym zapytać o kury rasy Marans , czy można je u was zakupić?

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