The costs involved in keeping chooks is astronomical to start off with. I fancied an egglu chicken coop, possibly in a bright and zingy shade....but at over £600 for one with a run, I balked.
Instead I gathered together my courage and contacted The Chicken King who very kindly invited me out to his Chook Empire at a top secret location.
It's not really top secret. But I likes me a bit of drama.
Sonshine was utterly underwhelmed when I told him how we'd be spending Saturday morning. But he agreed to come with me anyway.
We packed these:
Ignore the brown spotty arse. It's our door stop - Spot the Dog.
We drove to the Secret Location and bounced the mini up a rocky trail to the door of the Chicken King, who was waiting in the driveway for me. I reversed up the driveway. If nothing about this post impresses you, let ME reversing UP a driveway be what does the trick.
We did not need the wellies. He took us to his show birds. Oh. My. God.
Feast your eyes on these.....
|I can't tell you how much I adored these buff chooks|
|These are the Pencils. There was some frantic sex took place|
directly after the photo was taken. Sonshine left horrified.
|These are not pencils, they have stripes|
|all these chickens were bigger than spaniels.|
In fact, they were bigger than my first car.
|Sonshine was too trepidatious to get close to let you see that they|
are taller than knee height.
|They move quite quickly. That's my excuse for rubbish pix|
|He stood and POSED for this, with that leg held up like that.|
|These are the jobbing hens - look the wee Silkie!|
|More 'bog standard' non show-bird birds. Gorgeous.|
|There is a bright blue bit on this silkie's thing. Wattle. Woggle|
|See the other one? I've seen Liz Taylor wearing a hat just like that.|
|all together now - aaaaaaaaaah|
chickies with their foster mum
|The show cock. Persil white plumage|
I was blown away by the birds. He's been breeding them since he was 11 and has got the finest collection of Plymouth Rocks in Britain - even breeding back in the blue colour which had died out here. He has, he assured me, the best cock in Britain. So many jokes, so little time to crack them in.
We decided that I would be better off with Commercial hens. Although those buff ones at the top are looking VERY gorgeous to me.
I would have a little trio - Gloria (Steinman), Gertrude (Stein) and Germaine (Greer). Named after prominent feminists because they will be going through life without a cock :-D
What do you think? Should I get a little trio?