Friday, March 28, 2008

The SnowHens!

Sleeve Eater, Snowneck, and Cheeseball: Chickens in snow

Chickens don't like snow.
It makes their toes cold so they stay under the shelter all day.  Today was like that.
The birds were all eating and talking quietly together.  It was very peaceful.
Some ducks were wandering about and the neighbor's chickens were sitting under their house on stilts (the house, not the birds).
Occasionally a hen would start eating snow!
And, as if they think we might eat them, they laid us five lovely eggs!
Have you noticed that our chickens can be quite inspirational?!

Combs and Wattles
In response to the question, "What are wattles? How many does a chicken have?" we present Snowneck's head for your education.

Wattles: Are those two red flaps of skin hanging
under a chicken's beak. Snowneck's are especially lovely.

The Comb: Is the other large, red piece of skin except
these stand up. They do look a bit like your plastic one, don't they?

Ears: We think the red folds of skin behind the wattles are ears.

The chicken's face is quite beautiful, right?

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