Welcome to the second in a three-part series featuring the members of our flock! If you missed Part 1, you can read it by clicking here.
A good egg layer, Little Red is a Rhode Island Red hen who produces healthy brown eggs nearly every day of the year. She has an inquisitive nature and loves to forage. When she is cuddled up on the roost at night, you can pat her on the back and she will make cooing noises in rhythm with each pat you give her.
Foghorn Leghorn hatched from an egg one of our other hens laid back when we had a rooster. The hen who laid on the nest for her is Cheech, a kind mother hen who gets broody every year. Foghorn’s father was Captain, the meanest rooster on this side of the Rockies. Captain lost a battle with a bald eagle that swooped into the chicken run a few years back, which has since saved us from being kicked with his wicked spurs every day.
Simon & Garfunkel
These two black-and-white speckled hens were purchased from Airport Garden Nursery in the spring of 2020, just after the pandemic had started. At the time, we also bought several ducklings. So, these hens were raised with ducks, and sometimes they think they ARE ducks. They like to follow the ducks around, hanging out near the blue kiddie swimming pool with them during the day and roosting above them at night.
Shortly after moving to Port Angeles, Paul saw an ad on Craigslist for a pair of free hens. The gentleman who gave them away reminded Paul of Cheech and Chong. So, the names of the hens became Cheech and Chong. Unfortunately, after a couple years, Chong passed away unexpectedly from some unknown cause (her health declined, as can happen to hens). Cheech is still going strong, though, and she is a great mother hen to the rest. She starts calling all the hens in at bedtime with her loud cooing.
One of our favorite things about Cress is the way that she runs. She charges forward with her head down, propelled by her momentum. Whenever there are treats, she comes quickly. She’s a very gentle hen and makes lots of happy noises.
Stay tuned for Part 3!