(the video should work now, thanks for letting me know there was a problem)
At the Poultry Congress (and I swear, I’m almost ready to stop talking about it) I managed to capture some roosters crowing. In the following clip I want you to notice a few things:
- As it is with the Grinch – the noise, the noise, the noise, noise, noise, noise! – Poultry shows are *very* loud. I actually feel sorry for the birds who must be overwhelmed by the end of the day (I know I was.) Most of them spend the night in their cages. Continue reading
This duck is supposed to look like this –
Those red bumps around the bill are called “wattles”, those of the male being larger and more brightly colored than the females. Their purpose is to allow the males to attract attention from the ladies.
Apparently, this bad boy is all male.
Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com
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I’m getting to the end of my Poultry Congress photos but I do have a few left that I wanted to share (and thanks for all the feedback on how you appreciate seeing the different kinds of chickens – this is nothing, if you are intrigued by these photos then make it a point to visit your nearest Poultry Congress, you won’t be disappointed.)
When Chickens are kept in cages for hours at a time, the inevitable sometimes happens.
Try as you might, (and I know from experience with my 6 kids) when you’ve got to push, you’ve got to push. Ain’t nothing gonna stop that train once it’s left the station. Continue reading
Yesterday I sat down with Jan Brett to conduct my interview – in the living room – of her tour bus. I haven’t written up the article yet, so I can’t talk about everything, but can share a few details.
Once Jan knew that I spoke “chicken talk” she and I talked about chickens the entire time which was fine for me, because I didn’t want to ask the usual interview questions:
- How long does it take to make an illustration? – about one hour
- How long does it take to complete a book? – about one year.
- What was the inspiration for your book? She and her editor were talking about chickens molting one day and at the same time, they both compared molting (and looking bedraggled) to the story of Cinderella (who at the end turns into a princess.)
See? I didn’t need to ask those questions because if you do your research for the interview, you’d quickly find out that *everyone* asks the same questions and I already knew the answers because she had (patiently) given the answers again and again. Continue reading
In just a few hours, I’ll be interviewing Jan Brett about her newest book “Cinders – A Cinderella story.” As anyone who even lives on the periphery of the chicken world knows, Jan, besides being an incredible artist and author (she’s sold over 38 million books) also raises award winning Black Polish hens.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jan (you really should click on that link to read that story of meeting Jan) and seeing her chickens in action at the Northeastern Poultry Congress.
All are stunning. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Last weekend, I went to the Northeastern Poultry Congress to both see the incredible variety of chickens on display and to also meet up with some of my chicken blogging/writing friends. The four of us (dare I call us the chick-fab-four?) have been writing and blogging about chickens for years. Each of us brings our own special insight to the big world of chickens which makes for great conversations when we are together.
Of course, I bought Fatti-Madi with me.
Here Fatti-Madi is posing with author, blogger, illustrator, and all around good egg: Lauren Scheuer of Scratch and Peck and Once Upon a Flock.
Terry Golson of Hencam and author of Tillie Lays an Egg was also there. Terry brought some of the absolute, best brownies I have ever eaten. Continue reading