Meet Baptista - she and here sister (as yet unnamed) are the newest additions to the menagerie at Eco-Gites of Lenault. She has come from a friend whose bantam hen had sneaked off under a hedge somewhere and successfully evaded M. Renard to hatch a brood of chicks. Gwenaël asked if I would like a couple of females and of course I said yes! They make great broodies if you want to hatch some-one else's eggs and just look how pretty she is with her gorgeous feathers and fluffy hairstyle!
The biggest problem has been where to put them as they are, at the moment, small enough to get through the fencing in the main chicken run. However the run with the young birds has smaller fencing so we thought that would be all right. These young birds are destined for eating so they are quite big and we were rather worried they would attack the new arrivals. Ha!! We could not have been more wrong. We put Baptista and her sister in the run and immediately the bigger girls took fright (and flight), dashing into the corner and 2 of them managed to flutter over the fence! In the meantime the newbies had settled themselves in the shed and were as happy as anything, oblivious to the mayhem they were the cause of.
Plan B was brought into action - an old hen ark was made secure with odd bits of wood and the little girls were placed in there, well away from where they could scare the others. They can stay there until they are big enough not to get through the gaps in the main hen run.
"Ah", I hear you asking (perhaps?), "but why the name Baptista?"
Well, Gwenaël's oldest son is called Baptiste. Like the chicken above with her fluffy hairstyle, Baptiste also sports a somewhat fluffy crop of hair so it seemed appropriate that we should name her after him!
|Baptiste and his hair!|
Baptista's sister (right) is, however, still without a name. Maybe you could come up with one for her.
|Baptista (left) and Friend|