And the story goes this way...
About a week ago, friend Cheryl alerted me to the fact the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) website showed four hens up for adoption. With the following names: Hillary Fluff, Oprah Henfrey, Henneth Paltrow, Lindsay Lo-Hen. I called the facility to ask some questions, but didn't get all the answers. However, I did ask if the girls could be held until Monday for me; we were going to be out of town over the weekend and clearly I didn't want the chicken & donkey sitter to tend to brand new girls. Their answer was a swift "no".
I called when they opened on Monday and the girls were still available. We decided to add them to our flock and drove about 40 minutes to the shelter. It was at this point I got the background story. In June a hoarding case of 80 birds (ducks, chickens, etc) was uncovered in Detroit (we're about an hour north) and given over to the MHS. These girls were part of that group. They were only about a month old and (yes, you can do the math) are now 3-4 months. Quite young and quite small. Probably half the size of Sweet Pea and Buffy.
They are segregated in the new half of the coop with the covered porch. And will have to stay segregated for a bit. This morning two escaped while the big girls were out and got harassed. I had to call for back up.
Hopefully they do some more growing in the next month and feel better prepared to stand up for themselves against the bullies.
MHS was guessing they are bantam mixes -- two reddish like Isa Browns, one a mottled red/brown, and one mottled buff.
They are shy and skittish and so photos get taken on the fly.
In mid run, but you can see coloring
And this is the nightly roosting location they have chosen -- on top of the raised window!!
The first night I went in to lock up and heard soft cheeping, couldn't find them anywhere.
Now I do not believe I will keep the names MHS handed out, clever as they are. I may try to stick with my female singer names (Lulu, Etta James, Peggy Sue -- OK a song, not a singer, Joannie B(aez), Ruby Dee, Buffy (St. Marie)... Any thoughts?