Over the year we've lost PomPom the silkie rather unexpectedly and sadly traumatically, and Evie and Betty, both who succombed to tumours common in commercial laying hens. Evie was the ex-battie who did such a sterling job of hatching her eggs and Betty was the the last of the original girls who made it to a pretty impressive 4 1/2 years which is pretty good for a caged battery hen. She was one of the last 'A4' hens, from the cages that allowed each hen the same paltry space as an A4 sheet of paper for their whole existence.These days in the battery farms they get fractionally more room in their 'enhanced' cages that mislead people into thinking there is no such thing as a battery hen anymore.Unfortunately that's not true. Betty lived twice as long out of that environment and slept her way out peacefully last week. She was an absolute character who had taken to breaking into the house at every opportunity.
|Rolf - This is not acceptable.|
Betty - I know, this chair ain't big enough for the both of us!
I decided to also buy a couple of silkies as having now got used to having a fluffy chicken around I find myself rather taken with them. I think they are so fab. Off I toddled to the Canny Chicken Company for my two silkies. Here they are.
|Gold Silkie - Bonjour!|
|Blue Silkie- Allo!|
|Wheaten Silkie - Bienvenue!|
|White Silkie - Bonjour mes amis!|
Tweetie Pie (who still has a Spanish accent to complement his flamboyant ways) was delighted to meet them and treated them to a lovely song and dance display which truly astounded them. I think they were quite relieved there were bars between them!