Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cyan's newest blossoms and a replacement chicken

Beautiful wild pink poppies from Cyan's wildflower garden!

Meet Sky:

She is our newest addition to our little homestead and she finishes our laying flock. She is a Light Brahma. When we went to the farm to pick Cyan out a replacement chicken, she had her heart set on a Copper Cuckoo Maran hen... until she saw Sky. Sky was the only white chicken in the entire flock of Barred Rocks and Marans (who look very similar) and she stood out quite a bit. Instantly, Cyan knew that was her chicken.

I was worried though, because I hadn't looked up Brahmas at all when researching what to replace Cyan's pet with. We had researched Maran's and Rhode Island's before going out there, and she was set on a Maran because they lay Chocolate Brown Eggs. But honestly, I think we got lucky... apparently Brahmas are better pets than either of those others. (PetChicken.com says this.) This morning she sat on my lap for 15 minutes and as I sat in the coop and pet her, she fell fast asleep. And she doesn't even know me.

She is integrating into the flock well, but her mild nature isn't helping her not get pecked at. I am hoping that she will start to peck back... but the man we bought her from said not to separate her. With in a week they will think they have been together their whole lives. I hope she gets through the week with all her feathers!

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3 comments:

Sadie said...

She's beautiful! Cale has his heart set on getting more exotic breeds this year and was talking about showing them at the fair. We have a Cuckoo Maran...she's the outsider of the flock and not very personable. And she has been broody the better part of the past 5 months. (2 months broody, 2 weeks off. Lay 2 eggs and she's back on the nest)

bewellconsultations said...

Awww, so glad she found s new chicken she loves <3

Catalina said...

Oh I LOVE Brahmas! She looks just like my hen Zoe.