Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wyandottes and silkies - the new members of our family

See who arrived at our place for Christmas...duly named by their proud owners...



Anakin Skywalker


All a little bigger and braver now, the wyandottes are bantams and the silkies just stay small.....I think.

I didn't do much research, beyond looking up the council rules and regs. 

So now, as well as putting my boys to bed, I put these darn chooks to bed too.

The silkies won't go up the ramp...I discovered silkies don't fly, hence their reluctance to use the ramp and they are inclined to sleep in a heap in the corner. 
Which is ok, except Anakin and Penfold won't go anywhere without their fluffy friends. So they all snuggle in in a corner of their run downstairs. Which again is ok, except when it's cold. Like tonight. (What's up with this WEATHER?? I have my electric blanket heating in the middle of summer.) 

So, after the boys are in bed, I go out and lift Dangermouse (black) who is particularly timid, up into the more enclosed upstairs area. Then I lift up Shuttle (white). Who will go down the ramp, but not up. But she squawks for Dangermouse if one is upstairs and the other not. And the wyandottes won't go up if Shuttle is not up. So up she goes. Then the other two squawk confusedly for a bit, then follow the fluffies in a series of hops and flutters. 

And they all settle in for the night.

In the morning, Shuttle, Anakin Skywalker and Penfold have always made their way downstairs, but Dangermouse just will not go down the ramp. So I lift her down or I'm sure the silly chook would just stay up there and starve.

Here are my boys on Christmas morning...see the miniature cherry trees in the background? 
The boys love having their own trees, I can't help but wonder though, are we the only weird parents who give our kids chooks and trees for Christmas?


m.e (Cathie) said...

no way, you are definitely NOT weird!
Aidan has an apple tree from his 2nd bday, my partner has a dwarf pink lady apple tree, I have a passionfruit vine and Amelie will be getting a fruit tree this year too.
and as for chooks, we are upto 5 and also have a golden laced wyandotte aswell.
no weirdness at all, we love our garden & our chookies..well maybe not when they eat up the tomatoes, but that is a neverending battle with them.
enjoy your new year and yes, I have my electric blanket on tonight too..♥

Kath Lockett said...

Chooks and trees as strange? NO WAY

Sapphire got her Rhode Island Reds Hermoine, Luna and Ginny for Christmas. We loved having them - even the dog got over her jealousy quickly enough when she realised that they weren't allowed inside the house like she was.

It was sad but cute when we sold our house in Adelaide in the move to Melbourne and the three chooks were included in the sale contract!

Cat J B said...

Cathie, glad we're not the only ones. Last Christmas we gave them mini nectarine trees and a relative gave me a ballerina apple, the one that grows in a column. We've had a bit of fruit off them this year, hopefully we can add cherries to the mix next year.
Our chooks free range our small enclosed back yard....luckily the veggie garden runs down the driveway side of the house....inaccessible to them!

Kath...Oh my, chooks with the house contract! You know, I came across a few sites today about chooks as house pets, maybe the dog would have adapt hehe...!

ms lottie said...

You got chickens!!!! How cool is that?! And I thought we were having crappy weather, but electric blankets beats being flooded out of the tent (just).

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