Have you ever seen a chicken wearing a string of pearls ?
Well now you have :-)
My dear friend Miss M has kept chickens before so she's quite well aware of the in's and out's of it all.
After a recent house move she decided to buy herself some new chickens because she had given her other ones away.
When she told me that she was buying more I was thrilled because all I could think about was decorating her chicken coop for her.
(Think chandeliers, tea cups and a herb garden !)
and then she said that she was getting a different variety of chickens this time and these ones would lay BLUE EGGS.
My ears pricked up as soon as she said blue !
She also said that she was going to buy some unhatched eggs and incubate and hatch them at her home.
EXCITING for a city slicker like myself.
She said that you can hear cheeping through the egg shells before they even hatch !
I cannot wait to hear that for myself !
Scroll down and you will see the story unfold before your eyes :-)
The girls didn't take to the teacup very well, but they are only 12 weeks old so there's time to train them to be ladies.
I mean....whoever on earth would want to drink out of an old plastic container ?
Now it's time to drool over the pale french blue/grey eggs.
(You can see the pretty pale blue/grey egg on the right)
The whole episode of putting the pearls on the chicken was quite hilarious.
I'm not sure if it was us or the chickens that clucked the loudest but Miss M and I had a lovely time :-)
Miss M wasn't quick enough when she first tried to put the pearls over Pearl's head..........
oops, sorry about that Pearl !
Doesn't she look pretty !
The girls hen house hasn't arrived yet so they are living in a cage at the moment.
They don't seem to mind though. They have lots of soft hay, tummys full of fresh kitchen scraps and grain.
Their new home will arrive in a couple of weeks time.
and now I would like to introduce the babies !
Meet 'The Chickadees' !
They are due to make their presence known around the 4th April.
(A chicken egg has a 21 day incubation time frame.)
They are warming their little selves in a nice toasty little incubator. They are all marked with their different varieties.
If it had have been me I would have named each egg......
But then that's just me ! :-)
There are 4 chickens ruling the roost now but more to come. Not all of these eggs are Miss M's but she is having all of the fun of doing the hatching bit !
Miss M has given me naming rights but I need your help !
I was thinking of giving them French names because of the pale French blue colour of their eggs. I wondered about a Marie Antoinette theme ?
Then I thought about flower names ? (How cute would Dahlia be !)
Apart from my friend 'Pearl' the rest of the girls remain nameless.
They are destined to be posh chickens. After all they will drink out of china, rest their heads on Chamomile flowers when they sleep and wear bows in their hair by day. They simply MUST have posh names :-)
Any suggestions ?