New Girls on the block – Ivy & Etta

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Meet the latest additions to our Pentland Garden – Ivy and Etta.

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They are Maran chickens, Ivy is a Copper Blue Maran and Etta is a Copper Black with lovely iridescent feathers. They lay a dark brown coloured egg and they’d even thoughtfully laid one for us en-route. (We thought it’d be a nice complement to the blue eggs we get from our Cream Legbars, Betty, Marge & Rose).

Still being newbie backyard chicken-keepers we had a lot to learn very quickly when we discovered they were being delivered a few days earlier than expected. A mad dash saw a neighbour kindly bring us over an old dog box and run as we tried to cobble together a separate area for them from random materials lying around and about.

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There was certainly a lot of noise from all of the girls to start with – there’s also been a lot of squaring up and pecking through the fence, hopefully it won’t last too long and they get used to each other quickly. Marans are a more docile breed so I’m assuming our girls, who are quite territorial, will stay top of the pecking order but we’ll see.

We had one escapee moment (I’ve now ordered a big fishing net for future chicken catching shenanigans) as well as raising the divider even higher. Have a feeling these two will be just as entertaining but in very different ways and who knows these ones might even be a bit more cuddly – would love a proper chicken cuddle (like in this cutest video below).

2 comments

  1. This is so awesome! My grandma loves to tell stories about the pet chickens she had as a kid. So many laughs! I’m sure your kids will now grow up with just as many memories as she has. Makes me want a pet chicken too! Ha! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Ha, we never anticipated quite how entertaining they would be as pets – we had just wanted to have fresh eggs. If we had space I’d have a whole heap of them – they’re such fun!

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