Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Birds of a Feather

Alice the Australorp, seen far left with stickybeak Victoria, is just beginning to moult. Her neck feathers have been the first to go, and she appears to be impersonating a vulture, like the turkey vulture pictured near left.

As she’s never clapped eyes on such a scavenger (note she’s facing the other way), she’s not doing too badly. I’m no judge, however: I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one in the flesh. They don’t hang out in Kiwiland. 

Victoria’s moult is also on the way. A few of her grey feathers fluttered to the ground this afternoon and she hasn’t served up any of her green-shelled eggs for several days.

Of the flock of six, that leaves just one hen a-laying Henemoa (left). I’ve never regarded her as especially reliable in the egg department, so it seems an apology is called for.

Sorry, Hen. And thanks. May nobody knock you off your perch.

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