From more than 60 submissions via the original blog post and Facebook, the list has been narrowed down to a select few.
As promised, an esteemed panel of judges (all of you!) will pick the winning name. The winner will receive a dozen eggs (if you live in town). If the winner lives out of town he or she will receive something of similar, but less perishable, value.
One of our chickens is nameless and that lack is starting to impact her self esteem. She mopes around in an existential funk questioning her place in the world. So, it’s time for her join her named sisters: Mrs. Henny Penny/Penelope Houston, Houdini, Karen and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy for short).
Here’s some details on the Chicken Who Shall Be Named:
– She’s an Easter Egger and will lay either blue or green eggs.
- She’s rather friendly and will let you pet her and pick her up.
- She was the runt of the litter but now has grown to be of equal size to our other chickens.
And here are some glamour shots, the white chicken is the one that needs a name:
And here are some details on the contest:
- All entries must be received by May 31st, 2012.
- All contest entries should be submitted in the comments to this blog post. You’ll need to provide your name and email address to comment below and suggest a name, which will also give me your email so I can contact you if your the winner. Your email will not be used for nefarious purposes.
- If two of the same entries are submitted, the one submitted first shall be considered.
- The winner will be selected by an esteemed to-be-determined panel of judges.
UPDATE: The winner will be selected by the most esteemed panel of judges I could think of – all of you. That’s right – this chicken will have a crowdsourced name.
- The winner, if in town, will receive a dozen fresh eggs (once the hens start laying). If you’re out of town, you receive something equivalent. You’ll also be immortalized in our chicken history.
- The winner will be announced here in mid-June.
Our chickens are rapidly progressing to adolescence. And it’s a tough journey for all of us in the household.
First off, they’ve started preening – checking themselves out the mirror and applying too much blush.
And I caught Mrs. Hennypenny texting her chicken friends when she should have been studying for Egg Laying 101.
Just the other day Houdini tried to convince me that she should live in room with the separate entrance to the outside. Sure, like I’m going to fall for THAT one.
And the brooding, the endless brooding. The other evening, they all put on eyeliner and listened to The Cure and Depeche Mode all night long.
The pecking order is also in full effect. They’re very judgmental and have started harassing our late bloomer. The runt isn’t developing at quite the same rate as the other and they make endless fun of her. I think they even anonymously had a training bra delivered to her the other day. Teenagers can be so cruel.
But before we know it they’ll be out of the house ready to embark on life’s journey in our backyard. I hope we’ve given them to tools to be good chicken citizens. And I’m sure we’ll look back on this time in their lives with fondness.
They grow up so fast.
Trouble in a cage.
Making a break for it.
And so begins our poultry adventure. We picked up our chicks today from Miller’s Feed in Albuquerque. They are just two days old and happily peeping away under their heat lamp.
We have four breeds of chicks (hopefully all hens, but we won’t know for a while yet if we’ve got any roosters).
The breeds are:
Rhode Island Red
Araucana (also know as an easter egger or a south american rumpless) (rumpless, hah!)
Excuse me while I go look in on the chicks again, they keep falling asleep spontaneously and just kind of falling over into a fluffy little heap. The cuteness is maintaining at pretty much ridiculous levels.
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Our flock (and two extras we’re keeping for friends).
Rhode Island Red
Araucana (Easter Egger)
Araucana (Easter Egger)
We took an urban chicken class through the Albuquerque Old School today in preparation for the arrival of our chicks next week. Eeeeeek, I’m so excited. And I’m going to apologize in advance for all the gratuitous chicken pictures that are going to be posted over the next few months.
Chicken coop construction has begun in earnest. Features include photovoltaic-powered light/fan, solar thermal heat, automatic chicken watering device and attached chicken garden box for growing delicious chicken-friendly greens. My contribution? Picking the chickens, choosing the paint colors and standing around looking encouraging. As my friend said, every project needs a manager.
My more practically-minded husband has forbidden from naming the hens as they’ll be for eggs, and aren’t pets. But in my mind, I’m going to name them all after evil female Greek mythological characters (Medusa, Circe, Charybdis). Or maybe they’ll all be named after the Muses as Terpsichore has a lovely, albeit complex ring to it.
Mostly it comes down to calling the little ladies Chicken 1, Chicken 2 and Chicken 3 just seems like absolutely no fun whatsoever.
I know, I know – chickens have short lives and I shouldn’t become attached. Whatever.