One of our three chickens. These girls are somewhat difficult to get a decent photo of. Skittish would be a good word to apply to their behaviour.

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  • rumblemumbles said:
    I think its a chicken thing - the skittishness....which is why its so fun to chase them around in circles....but then its not so fun losing them in dense bush and having to try and find them before someone realizes they're missing.
  • Louise. said:
    I don't think I've ever looked this closely at a chicken's face before...very clear image David.
  • David de Groot said:
    haha yeah we keep ours penned as I've no wish to try to track them through the bush before the local carpet python decides they're tasty.
    They're quite fascinating Louise. Very amusing to watch. They do a great impersonation of the road runner, and one of them also likes to pounce like a velociraptor.
  • Sara Pearcy said:
    Chickens are, indeed, a lot of fun to photograph - great for the challenge. Funny.... I took some photos of MY three chickens this week too. Luckily, they all love my six year old and allowed her to hold them for me. :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Lucky you indeed - ours peck at us and have drawn blood on one occasion. I figure they just need to be handled more often to get used to it.
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    Wow, I didn't realise how fast chickens grow! Thanks for the link, Dave.
  • David de Groot said:
    Neither did I - you should see how much these things eat!
  • looby88 said:
    now isnt that just cute, still those eggs will be worth it, we used to keep 4 hens, shop bought eggs - even though free range hens are just not the same
  • pertelote1 said:
    Very nice shot of a difficult subject. :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep, quite cute - not laying yet, but I'm hoping they will be in another month or so (I think that's when they're meant to start - I'd judge them to be about 2 months old right now).
    Hey, Good to see you online again Lisa :)
  • looby88 said:
    they start laying around 20 + weeks, we then fed ours layers pellets as well as other goodies
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah so a bit longer to wait then. Seems more reasonable really, but with the rate they've been growing I was expecting sooner ;-)
  • picsbymac said:
    So at week 21 or so we'll see some omelettes you've whipped up? ; )
    Nice icon pic too!
  • David de Groot said:
    Most likely, or maybe french toast.. or custard and meringues, or yorkshire pudding or maybe eggs benedict. :)
    The new icon thingy has gone down well actually. Quite surprised as the original shot before tweaking was nothing special at all.
  • Jon McManus said:
    And then, after the laying is over, roast chicken? ;)
    A neighbour of mine where I used to live kept chickens, which always managed to escape through a hole in the fence. Never found any eggs in our yard, but there was generally a stray chicken around somewhere.
  • David de Groot said:
    Hmmm, I'm thinking by then I wouldn't be allowed to eat them.
  • lakhesis said:
    I find it easier to take photos of roosters - they seem to stand still and take a good look at you, unlike the hens.
  • David de Groot said:
    We thankfully don't have any roosters (noisy birds that they are). But yes, the hens move around a lot, and a quite flighty.