Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Oh Happy Day!


Remember a couple of weeks ago in this post, I told you how we'd had some chicken trouble? Or rather, we'd had some other animal trouble, when I found a dead chicken in the garden and one missing?

Well yesterday I looked out of my office window and thought I saw this little lady. 'Can't be', I told myself, 'it must be one of the others with it's feathers a bit ruffled'

But I went out later to give the chickens their afternoon treat and there she was. Our little Frizzle!


She settled straight back in with the Buffs and when I checked the shed last night, there she was, cosied underneath them all with just her little red face peeking out

In case you weren't aware (and why would you be?) a Frizzle is a Pekin Bantam which has been selectively bred so that the feathers turn away from their body rather than towards it, giving them a 'frizzly' look. I used to think they're odd looking but now I find them cute, although they really suffer when it rains, having no feathery protection! Here she is with one of the normal Pekins for comparison 



I was sure she was the dead chicken I found on the grass but it must have been our old black banty and the Frizzle had made a run for it. I'd had a little niggling feeling that one might still be alive as we only found one body but I thought I was kidding myself. I'd only really taken to the Frizzle a few weeks before she disappeared and I was so sad to think she had been the one that got caught. I always seem to fall for the runt of the litter or the underdog and she was the littlest chicken we had and such a quirky little thing

And now, more than ever, I'm sure it wasn't a fox that killed the banty but a loose dog. It happened the week the pub across the road was taken over by a couple with a Jack Russell terrier and the only day I forgot to close the gates when I went to the office for the day. And there were no typical fox clues - now we know that one wasn't taken, plus the dead chicken looked as though it had been mauled rather than a quick foxy decapitation

Anyway, the little Frizzle is back and she looks pretty healthy so I think she must have joined someone else's flock for a while. Speaking of which, we appear to have gained a cockerel today


Which is bloody annoying considering we got rid of our own three, but he's only small and quite a handsome chap with his green feathers and dark eyes! He's not causing any trouble so I suppose he can stay for now

The main thing is the Frizzle is home. And life is good :-)

40 comments:

  1. What good news! I'm so happy for you, you must be thrilled! she is indeed a little cutie. I know the feeling of always falling for the runt, almost all of our pets are 'special'. Hehe.

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    1. Ah thanks, I think so! What is it about the odd ones out that makes us love them? xx

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  2. Aww she is just so cute!! I would love to own chickens!! I wonder how my cats would get on with them! Thats just so funny that she just decided to come home! I would have been so relieved!! :D I love hearing about your litle chickens and that cockerel is very handsome!

    Jen xxx

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    1. Our neighbours have cats and they are fine, they often sunbathe with the chickens and a couple of times they've slept in our shed with them! xx

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  3. Brilliant news! It's so horrible to think of animals (or anyone) suffering and dying, so it's wonderful that she's back in your little flock :) we had a story similar to this regarding our rabbit back last year. His hutch got broken into (and our dog picked up fox mange from the garden around same time so we assumed it was a fox that had done it) and he totally disappeared. Four months later he turned up, 4 streets along! Now the two girls who found him look after him and we get him back when they go on holiday - I felt awful saying I wanted him back from two little girls when they had just fallen totally in love with him. Anyway, lovely to read this :) cheered my afternoon! x

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    1. Aw that's so kind of you to let the little girls keep him! xx

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  4. That's a good news...it such a joy when you get something back when you have considered them lost. Especially if these are animals, who we are attached to...all the best and don't forget to lock the gate!
    Fatzee.blogspot.com

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    1. Don't worry, I'm super vigilant with the gates now! xx

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  5. Oh I'm so glad she's come back! We used to keep Pekins and Frizzles and I know first hand the unpleasantness of a fox and badger attack. They are seriously sweet, it's such a shame we can't keep them any more because the badgers and occasionally foxes kept killing them. xx

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    1. That's a shame but its so awful when they are attacked, so sad xx

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  6. The frizzle is soo cute! It's a shame to know it doesn't work for her in the rain though, are they just bread like that for the aesthetic value?

    Anna x

    onthedressingtable.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think it is just aesthetic reasons, she gets soaked and has to hide under the cars! There are some very odd chickens, have you ever seen a Silkie? Google it! xx

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  7. We used to keep lavender Pekins and we had a lavender cockerel called Captain Manwaring as he was just like him hehe!

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    1. Haha ours remind me of grannies for some reason! xx

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  8. Hi that such a cute little blog post. I want to have my own chicken and rabbit but i live in a rented property, so when i get my own place i will give chicken and rabbit a try. Little frizzle is so cute. x

    www.annanuttall.com

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    1. I'm sure you'll love keeping chickens, they're such little characters! xx

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  9. Yay for her coming home, and it made me laugh that she bought a friend along with her x

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  10. This post put such a smile on my face! Glad to hear she's back and doesn't seem any worse for wear. Chickens are such funny little things, our next door neighbours keep them and they crack me up!

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  11. I'm so pleased! I was rather saddened when I read your post about the fox getting them.

    Some good news out of the sadness :) xx

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  12. Awww, she really is rather cute :) glad shes back! x

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  13. awww so glad you found Frizzle she looks great :) just found ur blog i love it i would love to keep chickens but live in a town with a tiny yard :(
    Holly xxx

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  14. I'm glad to hear she's back...such a pretty lady!

    S x

    www.sophielovesfood.com

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  15. After only just discovering your blog I have been completely sucked in by your cosy posts from the countryside :)
    Living in London it is so refreshing to read about non-city lifestyle. Lovely blog :)

    twoloveslondon.blogspot.com x

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  16. Oh that is fantastic, it brought a little tear to my eye to think SHE FOUND HER WAY HOME!!!!!!!!! I love a story like this :)

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  17. Aw, yay! That's a lovely bit of news for the day!

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  18. Fantastic news :) so glad Frizzle miraculously came back to you <3 you're so lucky!
    Kaz x

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  19. Awww that's fab she came home!! My dad used to keep them on the farm they are so funny to sit and watch xx

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  20. What a happy story (: I've always wanted chickens because I just think they're funny little creatures to watch on a day to day basis (: xx

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  21. Ahhh this is such good news! My chickens used to run away but then get so scared we could just follow the sqwarks and get them back. Mum and I want a frizzle so badly and yours is gorgeous! We just have 'chicken' types of chicken... xxxx

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  22. awww that chicken is super CUTE! loved reading this blog post :)

    ♥ Anusha

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  23. This is a New Year's miracle!! Lovely story, so pleased she came home xxx

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