Monday, September 7, 2009

August VA Trip part 1: Here Be Chickens

This past May when we went to visit Barbara near Lexington, VA, she had a brooder full of 30 or so chicks. They were tiny. They're not tiny anymore:
Meet the gang. Barbara chose Russian Orloff chickens for a variety of reasons. I think I would have chosen them just for their beauty:
Matthew had a wonderful time playing with them. Here he is doing a Pied Piper routine with some vine he found in a tree:
They just couldn't be happier, following that vine around. Matt must have walked back and forth for 15 minutes. (So, maybe he couldn't be happier....nevermind):We were lucky enough to hear the first rooster attempt to crow. Attempt. It sounded like an a-ooga horn. It really sounded strange, so much so that Barbara said "What the hell was that? Did you hear that, it sounded like it was down near the chickens! I think I'll go investigate!" We told her what it was, and about that time he crowed again and she saw it, and we all had a good laugh.

Here is a nice action shot: I had a great time with the girls, too. I'm a chicken novice, but we're hoping to get some chickens next spring.

I picked a few up. One I picked up, then stood up with her. She was looking around (nervous: bwaaaaack), looking at me (bwaaaaaack), looking around some more (bwaaack). Then she looked down and realized she was UP IN THE AIR! OHMIGOD, I'M UP IN THE AIR! BWACK! BWACK BWACK! She totally freaked out, it was hilarious.
When Barbara told me which variety she was getting, I did an image search on Yahoo! As I was looking through all the pictures, this guy showed up: I just about died laughing. His name is Nicholas Orloff, and he's Russian. I'm hoping he's a ballet dancer. I emailed Barbara and asked her how many of these she'd ordered? I love the drum. He just seems so proud of himself, doesn't he?


Mama Pea said...

You will be so happy when you do get chickens. Of all the homestead animals we have and have had, chickens would be the ones I'd NEVER give up. That's not to say they are the ones I like best, but those eggs! You could live on them alone if you had to. And then, of course, there's always those oh-so-flavorful old stewing hens! They're also great compost makers. What's not to like?

Angie said...

What beautiful chickens! It sounds like you and yours had endless fun with them during the visit!

Me voici₪Here I am said...

::lol:: Those are some lovely chickens. The action shot reminds me of "The six million dollar Chicken" A short-lived, live-action sci-fi show from the late 70's.

Jody M said...

I can't wait to get chickens. Actually, we may be getting some from Barbara. Not sure yet.