The photos above were taken this morning when I went out to feed the Girls. Click on it to enlarge. I served them up cantaloupe innards and the rinds with tidbits of fruit still clinging on. Marilyn, the white hen, was the brave one this morning. She pecked a little, saw that it didn't hurt her, and continued to eat while the other hens went after the seeds and innards on the cement slab. Shortly, they ran out of seeds and approached cautiously, eye-balling the feast set before them, and making sure nothing was going to jump out and grab the rest of the brave ones, before they submerged their beaks for a test bite! This was the first time they have ever had cantaloupe rinds, so no previous images were stored on their pea brains!
I've found that all of my hens have different personalities, and because of that fact, choosing names is relatively easy! Henrietta lays the largest eggs and she's generally "Boss Hen" - if she doesn't like what one of the other girls is doing, she pecks them in the butt! Priscella is kind of a shy hen and does as she's told. Marilyn is a white hen (named her after Marilyn Monroe), and Lena tends to "leanaround" the outskirts of the chicken run! The Cuckoo Sisters are named Ms. Mamie and Ms. Emily (after the dear ladies on the long-running Waltons program), and those Darned Barnevelders are 2 sisters hatched from the same clutch - they are little dickens of pullets, always getting into trouble! Robin is a lovely black Sex Link hen with red feathers on her breast. Lucy is the red hen. Cleopatra passed away not long ago, but she had dark eyeliner around each eye, and was the most strikingly beautiful of all the hens - a real charmer. Queen Elizabeth is a regal hen, named by one of my followers - and here is her picture:
How do YOU name your pets?
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