Sunday, 16 December 2012

Backyard Chickens

We keep a small flock of chickens in the back yard, partly for eggs and partly as pets. However, I also use them for foraging behaviour experiments, and as they are all individual, this makes it easy to make good observations. here is a selection of portraits of the current flock members, they are all bantams.
Hiver, a white Silkie
Teal, a Pekin
Hermione, another Pekin
Thompson, with a P, her twin Thomson, without a P, looks identical but isn't.
They are Plymouth Rocks - very swift afoot

Nancy, a new young Wyandotte
Chalk and Cheese, the two new young Light Sussex twins
Islay, a young buff Silkie

Islay,  close up of her face

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