This handsome fellow lives at the animal park in a nearby village. He’s a Scots Dumpy rooster, and he was quite happy to take the dandelion leaves I picked for him and his many girlfriends. Scots Dumpies are beautiful birds. They have short little legs so they waddle like ducks when they walk.

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Psycho Hen

Don’t be fooled by the vacant, docile stare. Elspeth means business, and by business I mean sitting on eggs at any cost. She’s got three at the moment (none belonging to her) and she repeatedly shrieks like some prehistoric monster and bites my hand if I try to take them. Her butt is like a…

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Fluttering By

What a week! In seven days I’ve 1) worked like a dog, 2) planned, purchased, and arranged the installation of a kitchen, 3) kept house (barely). March is shaping up to be one of the busiest months I’ve ever experienced. At least the weather should be warmer for a bit of hen watching in my…

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New Bantams

This gorgeous girl is a Dutch partridge bantam. We picked her up from a lovely breeder in the village next to ours today. We’ve named her Violet. We also brought home two of her ‘sisters’ — beautiful black Barbu d’Anvers Belgian bantams. These two are impossible to tell apart, so we’ve decided to call them…

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Olive

We have eight hens, all of different breeds. This is Olive. She’s a crested cream legbar which means she has a punk-rocker hairdo and a giant comb. It also means she’s a bit nervy and doesn’t like to be handled, but we forgive her because she lays the most beautiful blue eggs.

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So Cold

It was colder here than at the South Pole today, -20C! My poor hens aren’t getting out for much exercise at the moment, and only Nella is brave enough to march about in the snow. Our Siberian weather is supposed to last another ten days. May it pass quickly.

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Still Winter

We had a smattering of snow yesterday. Giant, fat flakes fell for most of the afternoon, but didn’t settle. This morning there is hardly a trace, but it’s very cold. I’ve been outside with the kettle thawing the hens’ water this morning, and will probably have to do this again before their bed time.

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