It’s Always Maicey

This is Maicey. She’s the Girl’s favorite hen.  In general, Maicey is a sweet little girl, but she’s also the most …. precocious?  Nefarious?  Infamous?  I don’t know what you want to call it, but Maicey is it.

I’ve begun taking pictures of Maicey every morning to send to the Girl, and I thought I would start sharing them here… or, rather, on the Facebook version of here… with a tag of #morningswithmaicey

The pics above are yesterday morning.

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Today’s ‘Morning with Maicey’… she really does love windows. If there was room, she would have laid an egg there. She’s done it before.

Anyway, if you’d like to follow along with Maicey’s morning adventures, like the Facebook page. It’s basically got the same content as here, although occasionally I’ll post other stuff, too.

10 thoughts on “It’s Always Maicey

    1. She is! I think naming the RiRs was the best thing I ever did. Now that they have names, as opposed to us calling them “the hennies” I can see their differences and personalities. Maicey likes high places and loves exploring. She was also the first RiR that my older girls accepted as a companion in the barnyard.

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      1. It does! We have leg bands on them, too. Little Dude, the Girl and I picked each of the hens up and gave each one a number and a name. We only had 3 sexlink hens, and they already had names, but the RiRs were very much indistinguishable at first. My motivation for the numbered leg bands was to ensure I could tell them apart for health purposes.

        I have noticed (as I mentioned before) that now that they have names, and I call them by those names, they have begun to show me their individual personalities. I’m finding that I can look at Maicey and know it’s her by her mannerisms. We have one named Julia who has a unique look to her comb.

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      2. I still have a few with numbered bands, but having Silkies it’s too hard to read the numbers with all those fluffy feet! Now I use Florescent bands, can’t miss those! Unfortunately I am running out of colors, too many birds I guess. How many do you have?

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      3. I have 17 chickens right now. One rooster, and 16 hens. Three are the sexlinks. They’re pretty easy to tell apart by size and coloring. The remaining 13 are the RiRs.

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      4. Right now, no real problems. Over the summer, when I still had all the roosters (29 total, 12 of them RiR), I had a lot of issues with aggressive behavior, not only from the roos but from the RiR pullets. I had one or two (or the same one, who knows, I didn’t have the leg bands at that point)who would peck at my legs and left blood. Most the summer, I spent with gashes in my legs in various stages of healing… largely because of the RiR girls! The RiR roos, though, right before we butchered the last of them, were taking to following me around the barnyard and hissing, growling, at me in a very poor attempt to intimidate me. i suspect that if we’d let any of them live, we’d have had problems. After the last wave of butchering, the hens settled down a LOT. The girl (or girls) who pecked me all summer stopped, and while I do have a couple who are standoffish and don’t like me picking them up, none of them are mean. They get along fine with my gold sexlink hens and the sexlink rooster we kept. However, the morning coop-cleaning is interesting. The RiRs who go in to lay eggs tend to roar at me like dragons, and two of them bite when they are laying. I tend to leave them alone then.

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