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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:55 pm 
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I have two lovely black Croad Langshan pullets thanks to a fellow BYP member and friend. I have called them Soft and Gentle. The only way I can readily tell them apart is that Gentle has a green legband and Soft has an orange one. Each has her own personality and these pics are a little record of Soft's activity the other day.

She has taken to laying in any open compost bin that she can find, either within the poultry runs or hopping up & over the fence until she can find one with an open top. :D

The first one she checked out:
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After escaping into the back garden at large, the next bin she checked:
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Then she found what she wanted:
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That done I watched her head off
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She had earned herself a refreshment
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All done very quietly, no cackling unlike some of the other girls - just got on with her mission. I obviously missed looking in that bin the day before! All the time the weather was showering off and on and water in dishes is from heavy overnight rain.

I really do get pleasure from just observing the chooks going about their business. :D

Hope you enjoy the pics.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:24 pm 
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What a lovely story, and photos! Thanks for posting that. So sweet that she went from one bin to the next, till she found the 'right' one in which to lay her egg. Oh - and a lovely hen, too!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:27 pm 
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She has a definite twinkle in her eye. Very pretty hen, and quite clever to keep looking until she found the right spot. I love observing my girls on their daily adventures, too. They're a constant source of entertainment.

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There's my warm fuzzy for the day.

A lovely recount. :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:05 pm 
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You make me feel better about my number of compost bins. Pretty chookie too.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:51 pm 
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Gorgeous Cackles...and I have to agree - observing poultry going about their day is wonderful.

I love your photos...it reminds me of a few I took a few months ago of one of my ducks. I had a day off work to prepare for a show and spent a lovely morning with my blind duck Stevie-Ray before I got stuck into washing the others. I realised she was hunting for a place to lay - I carried her back into the shed- went and got the camera and sat with her. Amazing to watch her pulling the straw around her making a nice cosy nest for her egg. She chattered away to me and turned circles getting into the most comfortable position. I really wish I had the time to do that more often.

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Gorgeous girl! At least now you know where to go and look for her eggs! :lol:

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What a lovely story! Actually, it would make a nice children's book. And what an adorable chook :thumbs:

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True - good kid's story. You could flesh it out a bit in the style of Rosie's Walk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIQDo0n4mLk

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True - good kid's story. You could flesh it out a bit in the style of Rosie's Walk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIQDo0n4mLk

That's gorgeous. I almost felt sorry for the fox. Only almost.

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I just love their fluffy fluff ! She is a beautiful chook and has delivered one more proof that they are much more clever than many people "out there" think...:D.
It's a lovely story for great and small.
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Enjoyed Rosie's Walk thanks C07! :biggrin:

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I carried her back into the shed- went and got the camera and sat with her. Amazing to watch her pulling the straw around her making a nice cosy nest for her egg. She chattered away to me and turned circles getting into the most comfortable position. I really wish I had the time to do that more often.


Oh - how about sharing the video clip/photos with us please?

While I was cleaning their shed the other day I was amused that one girl spent just so much time fussing around before she settled down to lay. Couldn't help smiling to myself at the noises coming from the nestbox - very companionable. :)


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:biggrin: Thanks for "Rosie's Walk" - I love the expression on Rosie's face.

And yes, taylorducks pleeeeease show us your pictures :chicks:

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Here she is then...

I put her in this corner where the hay was deepest.

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Getting comfortable

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This was half an hour later.. Where is your egg already Stevie???
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Ahhh.. There it is!!

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Off to find what breakfast may be left.
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Time for a swim...I will have to remind her no swimming until half an hour after eating...
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She may be not be show quality- But she is such beautiful girl.
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She does know her name and comes when she is called. She has a weird limping gait as she finds her feet as she walks...and loves cuddles and being touched under her beak. I could happily spend every morning sitting with her and watching her as she goes about her day.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:14 pm 
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LOVE the names, "Soft" & "Gentle". I agree with your story being a children's book ! Also love seeing (pun intended) Stevie Ray's day. I wish more people would take sequential photos & post them with the story about the day their poultry had. I know it's difficult, as it takes time, but cackles & taylorducks remind us that we should all take the time to make the time a little more often. :thumbs:


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