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Sunday
Jun262011

Introducing Rosie – the new chook on the block

There’s a new girl on the block at our place – a gorgeous, placid fawn coloured chook!

She gets along wonderfully with our two silkie chooks, and loves to join them in parading around the garden, scratching and looking for critters in the mulch...

She’s quite a small chook but we’re not quite sure what breed she is (bantam’s aren’t a breed, just a reference to a breed of chook being small – which Rosie definitely is!). Anyone like to guess what type of chook she is?

Rosie is a survivor – our neighbours had four chooks but then got a large dog, a move which unfortunately did not end kindly for 3 of their 4 chooks.  Rosie jumped the fence into our yard, looking for safety and companions, and that she has found! 

Reader Comments (10)

Thanks for the story,

When I was growing up, we had a chicken called "lenny" who came to us via similar circumstances and who looked very similiar to "rosie". Still can't tell you what breed she is though :)

Harry

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarry Wykman

Oh she's gorgeous! Hope she enjoys her new life at Happy Earth

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

I wonder if Rosie lays green eggs by chance? She could have araucana in her, judging by the beard and cheek muffs, plus the colour of her legs. Has she laid any eggs for you yet? If so, do they have a slight green colour or just regular cream coloured?

Your chickens look so good together, I bet any kid who saw them would immediately chase them around for a hug, LOL.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Oh, she is a sweetie... what a pretty chook, she looks so kind and elegant!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdixiebelle

She is super cute- and what a lovely name!! Hope she lays some lovely eggs for you!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda F

I have heard many a bad story when dogs and chickens are mixed. Even if the chickens are secure dogs can end up causing the poor chickens a lot of stress. Interesting how chickens can fly when they need to. Good to see the other two have let her join in.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason Dingley

Harry, how lovely to hear you shared a similar story and cared for a chook who came to you and looked similar to Rosie!

Thanks for your kind comments Kirsty, Dixiebell and Belinda, she is a gorgeous chook and we hope she lays some nice eggs for us!

Chris that's an interesting and exciting thought that Rosie could have some Araucana in her! She doesn't seem to have laid any eggs yet, though we find our silkies go off the lay in the winter, so perhaps she is in sync with them! Will be exciting when she does lay eggs, and the colour would be a give-away for the Araucana ! And yes kids are drawn like magnets to our cute chickens!

Jason, yes there always seems to be a risk with dogs and chickens, and it's such a shame when the chickens end up suffering or even worse, as in the case of Rosie's companions. It is really great that our other two chooks have accepted Rosie so easily, you never can tell her chooks will accpet a new chook to the flock, and we feel really lucky the silkies welcomed her with 'open wings!'

July 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterHappyEarth

She is very cute. I'm not certain of the breed either - although she is a little similar to Old English Game.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia
She looks like she could be a Japanese bantam cross of some kind :) Very pretty little hen.
September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeeka
She looks like a Nankin. I think they date back to the 1800's. I have a neighbor that is raising them. Google for images and they are pretty close.
February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave

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