A certain someone (who shares my DNA and whose name rhymes with spaniel…) has swiped my camera so I can’t do an update on our swell and sweltering NYC visit, but thanks to faithful Polloplayer readers there are still a few things to share.
Emily (see “Artist Chick” post from May 22) alerted me to a Time magazine feature on chicken swaps. I couldn’t find a copy of the magazine, but there is a photo essay on the subject which you can see at http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2000491,00.html, and a related video entitled Pet, Eggs or Meat: Buying Birds at the Chicken Swap at http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,106518074001_2001667,00.html
Chicken swaps, also known as Chickenstocks, are popular events for poultry enthusiasts. I harbor a not-so-secret longing to attend one, as they are an excellent way to acquire breeder quality birds, which tend to be a cut above hatchery stock. Backyardchickens.com has an index of chickenstocks at http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewforum.php?id=8
Chickens also made the news in today’s Wall Street Journal with an article entitled “Fowl Fans See Golden Eggs in Catering to Pet-Chicken Market”. The pet-accessorizing trend has spread to poultry and it certainly can’t be long before you see Hope, Autumn and Amelia clad in the latest Jean Paul Poultryer ensemble.
I also got some adorable pictures recently from Julia (whose first wedding anniversary is coming up in August!) of a young friend of hers experiencing chicken love:
And another photo from Alexandra, reassuring us that our girls are doing just fine in our absence:
As much as we are enjoying life in the big city, we are starting to long for the zoo back in SoCal. I had a moment of missing Soho and Chloe this morning when I walked up Central Park West and saw this group of New Yorkers. Notice how the little guy is actually using a friend as a pillow!