The undisputed leader is Betty, a Buff Orpington bantam X who is the last of our original pair of hens, acquired back in 2005. She's the orange head in the bottom right corner of the backdrop.
The most popular with the kids is Justine, as she's the only one who'll let people pick her up. My DD (age 4) is often to be seen carrying Justine around the garden, which is funny because Justine is a large hen and DD is only a couple of feet tall herself!.
|My naughty girl Justine - too smart for her own good!|
|Little Grey I (or maybe II)|
And of course, there is Rosie the Indian Runner duck, who was raised by bantams and thinks she's a chicken. A friend keeps ducks and chooks and there was an egg mix-up, so Rosie hatched under a hen - oops. All was fine until she grew taller than the flock rooster, who kept pecking her. My friend tried putting Rosie in with the ducks, but she just stood at the gate quacking to go back into the bantams, so I was asked to re-home her. My hens really do treat her just like any other chook, and she follows them around all the time, quacking loudly. When I open the back door in the morning, she knows the sound and quacks 'hello' in her distinctive ducky voice!