Today was a bittersweet day at The Lazy Vegan. It was a very hard decision to make, deciding to take Sophia & Bella back to where we bought them- but I believe it was the right decision, and I felt even better about it when I saw how easily they reacquainted themselves with their former chicken group. Still, I AM sad! For the past almost year I've had Sophia (Bella for just over a month)...I've had "chicken chores" daily and I will actually miss the routine. But most of all I will miss going outside to see "my girls". I loved going out calling "Cluck, clucks" and then watching them both come running (if you have never seen a chicken running, it is a very endearing and comical sight). I've discovered that hens are quite complex creatures- they have an amazing range of vocals- from the alarmed squawking to the noise they make while laying an egg to the little cooing sounds when they're safely in the coop at night. I'm really happy I had the opportunity to share my life with two hens- at least for a while- but I'm also very relieved to not have to worry and wonder when (no longer an "if") a predator will come to take them! Farewell, sweet Sophia and Bella...may you live out the rest of your lives safely and happily!
Sophia is let out first.
And then Bella.
They wasted no time hopping into the bushes with a rooster!
This sight made me happy- back with friends!
Duane, the owner of this nice flock, showed me his new babies. I like him- he is very into his chickens- shows some at the county fair and feeds them only organic chicken scratch and "treats" from his compost. He has a semi-free-range situation set up in his back yard and said he puts them in the coop at night and makes sure "they're all snug in their beds"! So I couldn't really ask for a better situation for my girls.
A six week old chicken and her mama.
A few photos of Bella & Sophia from the past month...
Boulder will really miss them. I thought that HE was missing today for over an hour and it completely freaked me out! I found him underneath the cabin deck, napping.
Sophia really is a beautiful hen. And she is a survivor! She's had quite an adventure for almost a year to tell her cousins about.
The donkeys when I pull up the driveway.
They seemed to take the news fine.
Weegie will miss chasing them out of the pasture, though.