I always just say "no, i just wanted chickens" but afterward i like to think, what kind of political statement does a chicken make?
I guess that could be their statement, thanks Google images. But i doubt it, these are Arizona chickens. i am pretty sure they have no interest in Nevada politics...
Its interesting though that chickens might be political. I suppose it has to do with animal rights and food safety concerns etc but i am pretty sure those things cross the aisle both ways. I don't know many people who like to think of their breakfast as having been manufactured in a horror show cage factory no mater who they voted for in the 2008 election.
But just for the record: No the chickens aren't a political statement. I don't even refuse to buy normal non-cage free eggs at the grocery store. Generally i just go for what is cheapest! I just like the idea of raising some of my own food and free range back yard chickens are a cool way to do that. Plus they are cute, and its going to be a blast for Maggie to go out to the coop and find green and blue eggs. I like taking care of them and hanging out with them. The whole thing is just really cool and fun. Sorta the opposite of politics actually!
So while my intention in buying them isn't political, there certainly is no lack of politics among them! You've heard the term "pecking order" i assume? Do you realize that it comes from a very real chicken concept? Chickens, hens in particular, develop a pecking order, to determine who is the queen hen and which of the rest are lesser hens. Who can get away with pecking whom is really the thing here.
So far, my ladies have not worked out who is the top chicken. It seems to be a tie between Dorothy and Esther.
|Esther (pinky brown eggs)|
|Dorothy (green/blue eggs)|
How did she end up being so brave? Well that's a great question. Esther has been handled more than any of the others. She isn't afraid of anything because for the first two weeks we had her, i held her every day. And just to give her some chick love. No no no. Every single day, for two weeks i spent 5 min a day wiping Esther's butt.
Ya you read that right.
Esther had Pasty Butt. When i first got her, she had no feathers on her booty and it was constantly being pecked at by herself and the other chicks. I took an ipad picture:
See? it was so embarrassing that Tululah was ashamed to look. Her little booty was out there to be seen by God and everybody! And that brave little chick sole sat with me every day while I wiped her little heiner clean and put vaseline on it. Thats real love i tell ya.
|See Esther on the right there? She has no fear of the flailing one year old.|
So the bottom of the pecking order seems to be a toss up between Polish and Betsy.
|Betsy (green/blue eggs)|
|Crazy Polish (white eggs)|
|Ruth: spinach thief (pinky brown eggs)|
|Other White Chicken (probably green/blue eggs)|
The other two are Tululah and Other White Chicken.
They are pretty middle of the pack. They also happen to be Maggie's favorites. She wakes up in the morning and says "I can go get my white chicken!" like shes offering to help you somehow!
Other White Chicken came to us at the same time as Polish, a little later than the other girls. I wanted another chick just like Tululah (an Ideal 236) because Tululah will lay large white eggs 300 days a year. However as they get bigger I'm pretty sure that Other White Chicken is the same breed as Bets and Dorothy (easter eggers. they lay green and blue eggs). So OWC will give us about a third less eggs than Tululah but shes still pretty cute.
|Tululah (white eggs) and Esther, not being afraid of Maggie either|
So, that is an exhaustive guide to the ladies and their politics. And now, speaking of exhausted, i will head off to roost. i mean sleep. =)