I aught to have my head examined…..

She is a Belgian Bearded D’Uccles Mille  Fleur
Who knew? Maybe we’ll call her Millie.

It was just a trip to the Farmer’s Market with Mike & Mom, but what do we find there? An old Bantam hen needing a home, having been saved from the fate her flock mates met by her fancy feathers. Never been particularly attracted to fancy feathered hens with feathers on their feet, but feeling sorry for Studdly, I brought her home. Turns out she has a bad leg, was very hungry, wants nothing to do with Studdly, who is smaller than her…….She is calm, but wondering when she can go home……she does have beautiful feathers, orange, black and white, very Halloweenish, guess we’ll have to call her Pumpkin, or Ghoul, or something like that……

She looked like she was going to attack him at one point. He just danced around trying to convince her he may be short, but a good and worthy mate!

I hope it works out for them.  An odd couple indeed!  He’s on the roost tonight, she is nestled down in the corner of the chicken house on fresh straw, wondering where she is.

Getting ready for the trip home
from the market

And I wanted less, not more animals.

Update: She has settled in, likes the digs, but not Studdly. Poor guy, he’s trying hard to impress, but she’s having none of it.  Though I see now they are both on the outside roost…..progress!









2012 update: after laying 3 eggs in the spring, Millie ‘came out’ and started to talk……a lot!  In 35 years of living with chickens, I have never had one carry on as she does, and she doesn’t have a particularly pleasant voice, a sort of whiny squawk.  She learned to beg at the back door, and come in if she didn’t get what she wanted.  She eats just about anything, from cottage cheese to corn on the cob, which she gets rather giddy over.  She can’t always control her energy, and often trips over self when running for a sunflower seed treat, or the promise of some other treat…….in short, she is a character!  Has not laid an egg since those three.  She and Studdly have become buddies though he still is rather dazed by her quirky personality.

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