Look! It’s Flourbum when she was 7-8ish weeks old! This photo was taken by one of my best friends with his super snazzy camera. He’s a good bit better at photography than me… despite me having a comparable camera. Gotta get better!
When I first started getting into chickens, I was given a lot of flack by some people in person about how nasty, mean-tempered and horrid chickens were to keep. I made this video for anyone that thinks that a chicken is incapable of the basic affections that we recognize in our other pets (such as cats and dogs). This is not a political statement; rather, it is made with the hope that people can see chickens as something other than stupid, nasty animals.
This is Moa, a.k.a. “The Big Stink”, and she visits me just to be pet, at least once a day. She knows I do not have food or treats– she isn’t visiting me looking for a hand out. She wants pet, and usually falls asleep within a few minutes. If I stop petting her, she will whisper at me and tap me with her beak. Think “feathered cat”. She has no aim to please me, the way a dog might, but is affectionate on her terms, the way some cats are.
I painted this as a gift for my husband’s birthday.
We fish at this pond, and one day while fishing he told me he imagined his favorite pet chicken, Coho the Salmon Faverolles, gigantic and stepping over the hills looking for him. She says “bup bup… bup BUP?” a lot. The image made us laugh and became a reoccurring joke. So, I painted the scene for him, complete with her spacey vacant expression.
She is a very cuddly chicken and likes to bury her head in our armpits. I suspect she is just looking for a gigantic armpit to snuggle into. If you want to read more about Coho, you can visit this little page.
The white pole is an osprey nest platform (this is an actual location we go to).
Corel painter, acrylic brush (which I am falling more in love with every day).