From time to time I hold a little photo shoot with the girls. I don't know if you realize this, but photographing a chicken isn't an easy job. They don't pose or sit on command and their heads do that quick jerky bird thing that means you get a lot of blurry photos. Plus Maggie acts like the consummate middle child and almost always gets her head in front of whoever I'm trying to photograph.
I've been working on getting some straight-on shots of their heads lately. Once again, not an easy task because they prefer to look at you from a slight angle so they can tilt their heads just so and peer at you with their beady little eyes. It doesn't seem natural to them to stare at you head-on.
I wanted to show the front view of their pink dangly bits - one of my favorite parts of a chicken. We are, of course, talking about their wattles. I love a good wattle. My Lab had some great dog wattles in her old age, but there's just something about a nice red chicken wattle that makes me smile. Did you know that chicken's combs and wattles are really warm to the touch? They're like little hen heaters.
So today I managed to get a good shot of each girl from the front.
Here is Clementine looking plucky and sweet.
Here is Maggie poised to peck the camera lens.
And here is Sookie showing off her kickin' muffs - the sticky-outy feathers on the sides of her face.
I couldn't stop at frontal photos and decided to complete the chicken mug shot vibe I had going by doing profile shots as well. It's interesting to me to see how each breed is different in their ears, combs and wattles.
Ms. Clementine, a Buff Orpington.
Maggie, a Barred Plymouth Rock.
And finally, Sookie, an Easter Egger.
They're very interested in the new chicken run that Farmer B and the boys are building and stand in their hoop run peering quizzically at the strange contraption that is now partially attached to their coop. I can't wait to take pics of them enjoying their new digs.
On a side note - thanks to all those who inquired about Farmer B's eye. It's healing nicely and he's back to work and to working on the chicken run already!