Hey, what’s that cute chick’s name?

The ballots are in, and after much deliberation, the little ones have officially been named. The powers that be (more or less) followed the voter’s wishes, with a few deviations here and there: some voter irregularities, a few behind-the-scenes manipulations – hey, pretty much like a normal election, right?

The little ladies have grown A LOT this week – tail feathers have bloomed and wings are developing more contrast – and they are less and less interested in posing for photos. Not to mention that Hope has honed her I-am-Mama-hear-me-squawk attitude and become quite a fearsome force of feathers and beak. This morning’s photo session was interesting, to say the least.

Coco, the Easter Egger

Lucy, the Speckled Sussex

Luna, the Silkie

Tulip, the Black Copper Marans

Pippa, the Belgian Mille Fleur d'Uccle

Most of the names were frontrunners in the poll, although Tulip does come out of left field. The CE had reserved naming rights for the Black Copper Marans and none of the proffered names were suiting him. We were having lunch together yesterday and musing on names that evoked the glossy black sheen of the Black Copper Marans’ feathers, when I had a memory flash about Tulipmania in the Netherlands in the 16oo’s, recounted in Michael Pollan’s fine book, Botany of Desire, and, of course, in The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas, pere.

"Queen of the Night" is the closest hybridists have come to creating a black tulip (image from Google)

So Tulip it is for the BCM and we will save the other favorite suggestions – Pixie, Lila, Cayenne and others, for a future crop of little ones. Because there will always, hopefully, be more chickens…

"You can have their names, but I am NOT giving out their phone numbers!"

Happy weekend! Thanks to everyone who voted!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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4 Responses to Hey, what’s that cute chick’s name?

  1. phyllis gutsche says:

    Names are perfect for all five of them!

  2. alexandra says:

    I love the name Pippa! Perhaps she can meet Will and Kate when they’re in town next month? Chickens at the polo fields seems appropriate to me.

  3. Katherine says:

    Beautiful names for beautiful chicks.

    I may, occasionally, refer to Pippa as Peepa.

    (The following can be explained by saying that I saw a play about American history last night.) Robert Ingersoll said “Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.” I say “Hope is the only chicken that makes her own babies without hatching an egg.” So lovely to see/hear about.

  4. CE says:

    I believe alexandra is on to something here. With Pippa living under our roof surely we are entitled to inheritance privileges, security from the Beefeaters, free and open access to 10 Downing St., large hats for all female members of the household (chicks included), box seats at Wimbledon, and all the bad food we can eat. God save the Queen!!!

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