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Of Chickens and chocolate

March 18, 2009

Yet again a conversation on a social network has spawned a blog post. This time the topic was my chickens. I have a hen and a rooster that were given to me by a friend moving into a subdivision that didn’t allow livestock. Now these chickens were pets but the city didn’t agree with that assumption so I gained two chickens.

I wouldn’t have chosen this variety of chicken for myself as they are more ornamental than functional. They are a variety of Bantam called Silkies. They are quite unusual looking chickens. Their feathers don’t have webbing which makes the feathers look like down or silkie fur. Their earlobes and beak are a blue/turquoise color and they have black skin. They have feathered legs and feet. Because they are so fluffy they look larger than they actual are. It is quite funny to seen them wet and realize how small they are.

The most unusual thing about them though, is not their looks, strange though they may be. They are unbelievable gentle and docile chickens who will follow you around the yard like a puppy. The don’t mind being handled and the are fond of the company of humans. My little hen will not eat until she has come over to my hand for a pat.

They are supposedly good mothers so I am planning to let my little hen hatch some eggs this spring. I can’t wait to see what the babies look like. The really will be little puff balls.

My friend Dana has decided that my chickens need knitted couture items so I have been hunting for just the right project for dressing up a chicken. I think I may have found a couple of winners in the latest edition of Knit on the Net. Perhaps a jaunty hat like Notorious with a multi-function scarf, like Recession Ruffle. So what do you think? What is the perfect item of knitted chicken couture. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think would be perfect knitted accessory for a little fuzzy chicken.

Another thing that came from my latest social networking was a discussion of cake icings. I happen to love the Coca cola Icing. It is chocolaty, creamy, goodness and one of the few icings that I will actually eat. Several have asked for the recipe, so rather than sending it to everyone individually, I am posting it on my website for download. You can download a copy of my Coca Cola Cake Recipe here (pdf format). I have been known to cheat and just make the icing. Works great on a cake mix chocolate cake.

Please note that this talk of chicken knitting is all a bit of silliness. I have no intention of actually knitting for my chickens. They would probably try to eat the knitting and choke themselves. Please do not really knit for your chickens. If you do, I am not responsible for the consequences.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Darth Knitter permalink
    March 18, 2009 1:28 pm

    Hmmm. I wonder if you could spin silkie chicken feathers (fur?)? :-)

  2. Daisy permalink
    March 18, 2009 3:54 pm

    We used to have a silkie cockerel (named Ferdinand)! He was very sweet. i took him to church once for the RSPCA animal service! Have you seen these chickens with knitted items?
    I can’t decide if it’s cute or just an indication that the British really are nuts.

  3. Tabby permalink
    March 18, 2009 7:23 pm

    Personally, I think a knitted poncho would be just the thing for your lovely hens. ;)

  4. Aunt Kathy permalink
    March 18, 2009 9:08 pm

    Your disclaimer just took the cake, lol

  5. Lynne permalink
    March 18, 2009 11:56 pm

    They are very cute. AS far as I know, we are allowed to keep bantams in the suburbs because they are considered caged birds not poultry!

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