She really isn’t named but I do call her Miss Biddy. She’s a bossy hen, demanding even. She’s a Rhode Island Red hen. She has no hesitation to jump and take a nibble out of a feed bucket as we are on our way into the chicken house. She will also run the other hens and even the rooster sometimes clear off their roost, if they annoy her or she isn’t fed quick enough she’ll honk at us or the chickens like a goose.
She’s an older hen, around 2 years old. They usually are “laid out” or done laying eggs around their 3rd year. I’ll end up with geriatric hens running around at some point. 🙂 But Miss Biddy leaves a lovely brown egg every day, in the same place.
If you have ever wondered what a hen looks like while she’s laying an egg, there ya’ go. See her hunkered down in her favorite bucket? They will actually assume other positions as well, I just happened to catch her in the act.
These are our assortments of laying nests. If another hen tries to use her bucket, she will honk at them! And if you noticed, beside the far end bucket, that is an old roasting pan. Irony is that the chickens love it!
The white one is a leghorn and was actually sprinting because I suppose she thought it would be amusing to lay her egg on Miss Biddy, then fly the coop. Pun intended. 🙂
The other three are young rhode island red chickens. One is a young rooster and the other two are young hens. They just like to hang out and watch the happenings of the older gals. The personalities they show so far is different than that of Miss Biddy. Which brings me back to my other post on how each one of them are so different.