|Here is Mr. Gibson with her seven last June. Lucky is the one trailing behind.|
May, 2012 Mr. Gibson hatched seven of eight Araucana eggs that had been fertilized by the famous counter-terrorist Rooster Jack Bauer. (Remember Jack Bauer had crossed the road to live with our neighbors and they gave us these eggs.) Very soon after these seven hatched and were starting to roost with the other chickens, Mr. Gibson became broody again and abandoned them to sit on another clutch of eggs. I should not have let that happen.
Finding themselves motherless too soon, this little band of renegade chicks left the hen house and began roosting alone in the barn rafters. Only one of them had a name and that was Lucky. She was the one I managed to save from drowning soon after they hatched.
Four of these six month old chickens remain and they refuse to interact with the other flock. They are a feral renegade flock and they will not let me get near them. Their leader is a gorgeous rooster I have named King Kong. Two of the hens are Chicken Little II, and White Shadow. The third hen is Lucky.
|Chicken Little II, King Kong, White Shadow and you can just barely see Lucky behind and in the middle. I had to zoom just to catch this snapshot.|
(P.S. On a very sad note, our dear Mr. Gibson died in a nest box last month trying to hatch another clutch of eggs. I believe she may have been egg-bound, She was like her mother Elenore Hen, a constant nurturer.)