I don't think I ever introduced our chooks on this blog. They were a present for Zoe's 7th birthday (I don't think I blogged about that either). She has always wanted a pet, and we were always pretty adamant that we weren't going to get a pet, but she wore us down with her pleading and her sad eyes, and before we knew it we had a coop and four little Bantam hens, now known as Maggie, Tap Tap, Izzie (that's short for Izzie Fizzie) and Ruby.
Maggie, Tap Tap and Izzie
We have a very large backyard and we let the chooks out to roam around
it each morning (although they don't ever tend to roam very far). At night just before it gets dark they go
back to their coop and we lock them in.
Late last week I heard a disturbance in the backyard (ie lots of loud clucking),
and went outside to find one chook on the roof our house (yes they CAN
fly that high!), one up on the neighbour's fence, and one in the bushes
across the yard. Sadly the fourth chook - Tap Tap, hasn't been seen since.
Zoe holding Izzie. Zoe's wearing a skirt I started nearly 2 years ago and finished last month. Lucky for me I have children who grow slowly!
We're all a bit sad to have lost our Tap Tap (such a shame we didn't
have a more recent photo of her because she had the most hysterical
hairdo!). But we are thankful to still have three of our girls, who
never stray too far from our back door (unless they're following us
somewhere) and will hopefully be laying us some eggs in the next few
weeks. Oh and if you live in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and you've recently found a chook who looks like she's got an afro - please let us know!