Look what Farmer Nyel brought home!

May 24, 2016 | 2 comments

Two Russian Orloffs - A boxed Set

Two Russian Orloffs – A boxed Set

“Look what I brought you, girls!” called Nyel as he approached the chicken coop.  “New cousins from Russia!”

He was carrying a cardboard box, but even though it contained the main attraction, it was the can of scratch he carried that was of greater interest to our four fat hens.  That and the fact that we had left the door to their run just a tad ajar.  They’ve been cooped up (literally, I mean) for more than a week and Russian cousins be damned.  They wanted to get out into the garden and start ruining it again.

Of course, we relented.  But not before Nyel had introduced the two new pullets to the matrons.  Three of the old girls hardly gave the little ones a glance but one of the Red Stars gave them the serious eye, stalked them for a bit, and pecked at them.  One of the Russians seemed totally cowed (er… or was she just being chicken?) but the other little one flapped her newly feathered wings and flew at the mean old biddy.

Mrs. Red Star on the Move

Mrs. Red Star on the Move

“Maybe she’s a rooster,” Nyel said hopefully.  And a bit nonsensically, but I knew just what he meant.

Russian Orloffs are known to be relatively calm birds – even the roosters – which is one of the reasons we thought they’d make a good addition to our flock.  If one of the two should turn out to be male (which would be our luck judging from past experience) it is unlikely to be mean.  In addition, the hens are said to be reasonable layers of light brown eggs and do not usually go broody. When grown, they are tall, well-feathered chickens with a somewhat game-like appearance, and their heads and necks are very thickly feathered.   They come in a number of color varieties; these appear to be reddish brown with black and white spangled heads.

Steppin' On Out!

Steppin’ On Out!

Farmer Nyel spent quite a bit of time with the new young ladies – showing them where their water and food are kept, where their roost is, and talking to them about the basic rules of behavior expected of backyard chickens.

I didn’t ask but I wouldn’t be surprised if he had swiped his cell phone and showed them the pictures he took today while he was substituting at the high school – twin fawns born outside Erin Glenn’s classroom last Friday!  There they were, marching in step behind their mother, just as nicely as you please.  And only three days old!  Quite an example for our five-and-a-half-week-old chicks, don’t you think?  Or maybe he should have shown them to the old biddy as an example of good nurturing and leadership…


  1. Caroline Miller

    Boy, give a person a plot of land with a few trees and they become pioneers.

  2. Nancy Holden

    Neat baby chicks. Have not seen that kind . Best wishes with them.

    Also great picture of the deer. We have many here .


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