24 Jan 2013
in All things chickens, Backyard Chickens, Chick Photos, Poultry Shows
Tags: backyard poultry, chickens, Northeastern Poultry Congress
What’s the number one thing that people do when they go to a poultry show (except of course sneeze from all the dust at the end of the day)?
Why it’s take pictures! Chickens are notoriously difficult to take photos of. This is because they don’t have stereo vision like we do. Instead, they sense depth by constantly moving a focused eye. It’s like taking snapshots from a whole lot of different angles and then crunching all that information into a scene that lets them evaluate a possible threat.
And let’s face it, a million people walking by your cage is a pretty big threat. People who try to take pictures of chickens end up getting a lot of blurry photos, it kind of comes with the job.
I did get a few clear shots. See this guy checking me out with his eye? He’s doing that threat evaluation thing.
Here’s another one. He’s asking “Are you lookin’ at me?” in a gangster voice. More
13 Mar 2012
in Backyard Chickens, Chick Photos, New Hampshire, The Family, The kids
Tags: chickens, jolly roger, MIT pirate, Pirates, Wendy Thomas
Recently, A friend pointed me to a pirate certificate MIT was handing out to its students who had successfully completed Archery, Fencing, Pistol, and Sailing. My friend knew that I was partial to pirates. (Captain Jack Sparrow, le *sigh*) What my friend didn’t know is that I also want to be a pirate, no really, forget Calgon taking me away, Jolly Roger – have at it.
I carefully constructed an argument of why our entire family should be awarded an honorary Pirate Certificate and sent it off to MIT.
What follows is my petition to them that be at the MIT helm.
If it please ye, this here New Hampshire family consisting of 2 rum-swillers and 6 scallywags petitions to be accepted as Honorary MIT Pirates.
According to the venerable and highly respected website: wikihow, me shipmates and me all pass the stringent requirements for bein’ pirates with flying Jolly Rogers colors.
- We growl and scowl often (especially the parents to the children after a long day of swabbing the decks and then seeing dirty dishes in the TV room instead of the sink.)
- We use pirate lingo often and tell pirate tales at parties including the ever popular:
- What did the pirate say when his wooden leg got stuck in the freezer?
- Shiver me timbers.
- We gesture with our hands (a skill most useful when on the high seas during wild winds and hearin’ be hard – just be mindful of gesturing before ye be used to yer handhook.)
- We slur our words together (especially when an “r” is involved as in “adventuraarrrrrrh” or with the adults when the rum bottle has been passed around.)
- We never use you or you’re and instead always use the favorite pirate vernacular of “ye” or “ya.” (Me dear mum demonstrated that grammatical rule to me on a daily basis when me be only a young pup. “Ye be strong, Ye be smart, Ye be beautiful,” she said each morning as she helped attach me sword to me belt.)
- We embellish at will (especially the youngin’s who have never met a tall tale they wouldn’t like to tell, although if you asked them, they’d like to think that, bein’ fine upstanding pirates-in-training, they would never embellish anything in a million years.)
- We mutter unintelligibly unless of course we be yelling. (see above notation regarding the rum bottle.)
- We are as loud as humanly possible. (What’s the use of being a pirate if ye neighbors don’t know?)
- We wear the nearest facsimile to a parrot on our shoulders. Chickens are a bit more hardy during the fierce New Hampshire winters and during these economic hard times, even pirates have to make do with what we be havin’. See our outstanding pirate family chicken photos here: Pirate Family Chicken Photos
Honored, our crew would be if ye would consider conferring upon us the award of honorary MIT pirates and makin’ us one of the gang. We know a fine crew when we be seein’ one.
This request be signed by:
Wendy –Grog-slinging -Thomas
Marc- Rummy- Nozell
Spencer –Deathbringer – Nozell
Griffin- Fishbait – Nozell
Trevor –Deepsea Dog -Nozell
Logan – Gold Tooth – Nozell
Addy –McLifetaker – Nozell
Emma – Evil Eye- Nozell
20 Feb 2012
in Chick Photos, Holidays
Tags: chick art, chick photos, Presidents Day, Wendy Thomas
Happy President’s Day
This is one of our hatchlings from the summer (yes, I plan ahead, how do you think I can pull off Christmas with 6 kids?) Although as a writer, I don’t have the day off, Marc does and he’s offered to take me out to lunch in celebration. Lucky me!
Tomorrow I’ll be back with my prediction of whether Charlie is a boy or a girl and give supporting evidence why. Also, this week, I’ll talk about another rooster that popped up in our flock (they were all born at the same time, it stands to reason they would all mature at the same time) and tell you about a bird that I think may be a rooster but who has now decided to talk through clenched teeth.
19 Jan 2012
in Backyard Chickens, Chick Photos, Poultry Shows
Tags: backyard chickens, chicken photos, chickens, Northeastern Poultry Congress, Wendy Thomas
When we got our first baby chicks, they were all brown. Didn’t surprise me, as far as I knew all chickens were either brown or white (like the ones at the petting zoos I had been taken to as a child.) It wasn’t until I brought home Isabelle (our Silver Sebright) that I even knew other kinds of chickens existed.
Today I wanted to show you some of the photos I took at the Northeastern Poultry Congress just to give you an idea of the diversity there is in the chicken world.
Female Black Polish
The female Black Polish (as opposed to the photos of the male yesterday) wear Dandilion puffs on their heads.
Unfortunately I don’t have the names of the breeds for all these birds but I loved the pattern on this one, enough to take a closer look.
And then we have this stunning breed. (There’s a mama hen somewhere who loves this little guy.)
Some of the birds were big on tail bling. More
15 Dec 2011
in Backyard Chickens, Chick Photos, New Hampshire
Tags: backyard chickens, fighting cock, Ron Paul, Wendy Thomas
Remember that we live in New Hampshire, and this being the high holy season of a Presidential Primary, we have access to all of the potential candidates. It’s not unusual for me to get several invites every week to see and ask questions of those who are running. I can go to Holiday walks, living room meetings, and even chili fests (to this day, my kids will tell you that John Kerry had the best chili ever.) And of course, when I’m wearing my journalistic hat, I even get to join the press corps to get interviews (have I told you how I was almost arrested when President Obama came to a town hall event because I had inadvertently followed his car too closely after the event?)
The chickens became involved one election day when I was challenged to somehow work chickens into politics. This is what I came up with:
At the time it was the best I could do.
And then it continued. This past summer, I made the general observation that a then visiting politician looked remarkably similar to a Vietnamese fighting cock. Apparently I’m not the only one to appreciate this comparison because that particular post happens to be one of my most searched entries (although why anyone would come up with the combination “Sarah Palin and fighting cock” to search is beyond me.) More
13 Sep 2011
in All things chickens, All things local, Chick Photos, Chicks, Life Lessons, New Hampshire, Personal, Project Chickens before the Eggs, Teaching kids, The Family, The kids
Tags: agricultural, chicken care, chickens, County fair, house zoo, mama chicken, New Hampshire, Project Chickens before the Eggs, State fair, urban chickens, Wendy Thomas
I thought I’d share a few more photos with you of what a 13 year old girl thinks is important at a County Agricultural fair. If you recall, I gave my camera to my daughter Addy and she took these photos (wearing down my battery almost having to make me cancel an article interview I had planned later that day). Apparently Addy thinks that Tupperware is important (and to give the girl credit – in a family of 8 when leftovers are usually what we have for lunch the next day, Tupperware does have importance in our lives.)
In this photo, for what ever reason, Addy thought the Tupperware sponge was REALLY important (I don’t know, maybe she thought this photo was a little bit of d’art):
Well, okay, I can see the significance of Tupperware, right? I mean even a sponge is needed in everyone’s life. But what comes next defines the word necessary for Addy who is, after all, a mini-lady-in-waiting: More
12 Sep 2011
in All things chickens, All things local, Chick Photos, Chicks, New Hampshire, Personal, Project Chickens before the Eggs, Teaching kids, The Family, The kids
Tags: chicken care, chickens, house zoo, mama chicken, new hampshrie, Project Chickens before the Eggs, pygmy goats, State fair, urban chickens, Wendy Thomas
This past weekend we went to the Hillsborough County Agricultural fair. This is the second year we’ve gone and even though a small contingency of us had to leave early (it’s the fall, travel soccer calls) we were still able to see quite a bit from New Hampshire’s agricultural community.
I let Addy have my camera to take photos. Make sure you take photos of the chickens I said.
Well she did take some chicken photos. She took this one:
And this one:
And this one:
Good job Addy. But when I was looking through her photos this morning, I also saw that she took this photo: More
07 Sep 2011
in All things chickens, All things local, Chick Photos, In the News, Life Lessons, New Hampshire, Politics in New Hampshire, Roosters
Tags: #FITN, #NH, Manchester, New Hampshire, Project Chickens before the Eggs, Sarah Palin, Tea Party Express, Wendy Thomas
As you know, I’m all about chickens, but because we do live in New Hampshire and this past weekend was Labor Day weekend (which is a huge weekend in the political arena around here) I just couldn’t help making a few chicken observations.
Yesterday I mentioned how Sarah Palin’s squawking (from a distance) sounded like one of our hens right before she was ready to lay an egg.
Today I’d like to make another comparision.
Here is Sarah Palin at the Manchester Tea Party Express event addressing the crowd:
Photo Credit: Marc Nozell
This is a photo of a fighting cock from Vietnam.
Fighting cocks (which are not allowed in the U.S.) have incredibly sharp talons that they use to mercilessly rip their opponents wide open from here to there. Woe be to anyone who gets in their way. Here is a picture of those ferocious weapons: More
17 Aug 2011
in All things chickens, Backyard Chickens, Chick Photos, Chicken art, chicken care, New Hampshire, Project Chickens before the Eggs, The Chicken Challenge
Tags: backyard chickens, chick care, chicken care, chicken photos, chickens, new hampshrie, Project Chickens before the Eggs, urban chickens, Wendy Thomas
Recently a friend of mine, Em (the very same one who gave me the Geeky gal chicken) came to visit so that she could take some photos of our chickens. She spent about an hour communing with the birds out back and ended up taking some amazing shots of our girls.
Photo Credit: Emily Bersin
This is Jerry – yeah I know, she’s a girl with a boy’s name but she was also part of a pair named (of course) Tom and Jerry. Tom turned out to be a rooster who got re-farmed (Sunday Dinner) leaving us with this our lone Light Brahma.
Jerry wears the most amazing black feathered cloak that is truly worthy of any Harry Potter story. She’s a cautious but gentle bird who prefers to situate herself neither in the front nor in the back of the flock but instead right in the middle where she can scratch and reflectively peck with no one bothering her. More