Chickens # 2 and 3. Thingummy is a Barred Rocks (left) and Bob is a Black Orphington. You would think they were blood sisters the way they stick together, snuggle, and let out big loud distressed PEEEEEEPs if you dare to separate them.
Henrietta is going through phases. At first she was like, "Who cares that there are new chicks around. I'm depressed." I had to kick her out of the coop every morning and shut it to keep her from going back in immediately to sulk. Slowly she started acting more normal. Then she noticed the new girls. Once that happened, the game of "how can we avoid this big bossy mean chicken at all costs" began. Now Thingummy and Bob are getting bigger, I keep telling her she'd better watch out. Her little runty bantam chicken butt is going to be in big trouble once these babies are all grown up.
Somehow, though, the presence of these little targets has seemed to light a fire under her butt to be a real chicken again. Last night my husband came to the back door and called me and told me to hold out my hand. After much reassuring that it wasn't anything disgusting, I held out my hand and he put this in it:
The runt's first runty egg!
It probably sounds so dorky and ridiculous, but I was super excited. I made tons of ciabatta yesterday and used the leftovers for french toast this morning, including her egg in the mix. Sure it was tiny and didn't contribute much, but it's like eating your first homegrown tomato. It's just so dang exciting!
On a completely unrelated note, I had to get a picture of this crazy thing in front of my door.
Not even a year ago I dug up a tiny baby elephant ear plant from the side of the road and put it by my front porch. I hardly ever enter my house through the front door so I never noticed how insanely big it was getting. I'm 5'6" to give you a good idea of just how crazy this is. It's like something from Alice in Wonderland or Jurassic Park or something. One of the other leaves is actually bigger but that one has a wasp's nest on it so I opted for the "smaller" one. Isn't this crazy?! The whole thing is actually growing taller than the eaves of my roof now.
Anyhoo. Good Saturday. Going on an ice skating date for our anniversary (12 years!!) tonight so I'm pretty stoked about that. Fourth of July/middle son's 6th birthday Monday. Busy Busy.