One of my blog readers asked for a chicken update, and I am more than happy to oblige!
Here is the flock. The three in the background are last years ladies, RoBIRDa, HENrietta and LAYah. In the foreground we have (from left to right) Poach the rooster, Omelet and Quiche the pullets, and the white one is Meringue. The jury is still out as to what gender Meringue is. It's a puzzle that vexes me. And in case you are wondering, the black and white chickens are Silver Laced Wyandottes. The other is a White Wyandotte.
Poach the rooster has learned to crow, and exercises his new voice long and loudly. It is rather amusing at this point... but I can see where one might tire of that particular song. All the birds are enjoying the beautiful late summer weather. They have over an acre of fenced yard to roam, and roam they do, scratching and up dirt, eating bugs, worms and plants, and in general looking just about as happy as chickens can look. In the evening they retire to their secure coop and sleep soundly, dreaming little birdie dreams.