Friday, July 24, 2015

Soooooo.......... This Is New

Matthew lost his beloved hen 'Mrs. Red'. Having free ranging chickens is always risky, especially with bantams like Matt's. They are so compact that even a hawk can swipe one up in an instant. It was a hard learned lesson in loss at such a young age, I wish I could have spared him the sorrow.

A month or so back, we had started talking about getting Matthew some Silkies to raise. We have a small coop in the front yard that we weren't using any longer that would be perfect for a few chickens. If you've never heard of or seen Silkies, you're in for a real treat. They look like little puff balls with feathers all the way down to their toes. The hens have a big pouf on the tippy-top of their heads that remind me of those fancy fascinator hats that the English wear. They are more gentle and friendly by nature and perfect for a little guy wanting to expand his chicken flock.

He's smitten. He's affectionately named one very docile hen 'Little Cotton Ball'. She sits in his lap with not the slightest desire to be anywhere else, completely content with her new buddy. I can already tell, she's going to love sitting by the fireplace this winter. That was a big favorite of 'Mrs. Red'. 

A new friendship has blossomed.


  1. Aw, so sorry for the loss but also happy that he has a new buddy :)

  2. So sorry for Matthew's loss but he looks so sweet with his new "Little Cotton Ball"! Little boys have a special place in my heart.

  3. I'm so sorry he lost his friend. Losing an animal is never easy, especially when young, but I'm glad he found another one to love.

    Silkies are my favorite kind of chicken :)


  4. So sorry..
    He is adorable. Proud he got some more chickens...


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