Saturday, February 05, 2005
A Lakenvelder pullet dines al fresco with a Buff Orpington cockerel.
The Orpingtons are the largest chickens we have, but they are a very docile breed. So maybe that's why they always pick the smallest pullets to be their bestest girls.
The Lakenvelder is not a bantam (which I can't help but think of as a "toy" chicken), she is just a member of a very small breed.
They are also a very aggravating breed. They keep trying to lay their eggs in secret places known only to chickens. I didn't realize it until we found a nest in the woods with about 20 of their eggs in it.
We emptied it, which was probably a mistake since we haven't been able to find their current favorite spot. (When I was searching the woods the other day I realized I was humming that U2 song: "Still haven't found what I'm looking for...")
Anyway, the two chickens in the picture are exactly the same age (8 months).
For the non-chicken-savvy:
Female chicken less than one year old: pullet
Female chicken more than one year old: hen
Male chicken less than one year old: cockerel
Male chicken more than one year old: rooster