Posts Tagged ‘cockerel’

Lord Lacey A.K.A Denis

January 22, 2019

So, here’s a formal introduction to Lord Lacey, a handsome chap indeed.



But here’s the thing; never before have we had a cockerel with EYEBROWS! Now some of you may be reminded of Mr Spock but we feel that his magnificent appendages are more akin to the hirsute brow of a high ranking labour politician during the latter half of the 20th century – Denis Healy! To be fair, mention his name in this country and probably the first thing to come to mind would be his eyebrows, as opposed to any major political achievement! (Or it could indeed be his famous “Silly Billy” moment but we won’t go into that on this occasion!)



So anyway, what do you think?


Well, we just can’t help it but Lord Lacey has become a Denis instead! (He doesn’t seem to mind!)

One step forward, two steps back

November 16, 2013

After Feeling all positive about our chicken breeding program next year, putting our newly acquired Silkies to use, our worst fears about the sex of the wee fluff balls have proved true. Yup, two of them are cockerels. These spikey feathers on the head plumage are apparently a male trait.


The difference is even more apparent when compared to BB’s more uniform ‘hat’.


So, we’ll have to adapt our plan and let BB hatch her own eggs at the beginning of the season thus (hopefully) producing a couple of extra pullets. Maybe she will hatch a second brood of our choosing later in the season. I just wish that she would give some indication which cockerel she prefers!

On the subject of feathers, Big Fella is currently re-growing his tail after his moult. He was out strutting his stuff yesterday just asking to be photographed. That guy is SUCH a poser!!

Big fella

Big Fella 2

Big Fella 3

Big Fella 4

Do you think that he’s asking to have his portrait painted? One portrait which has turned out surprisingly well this week was ‘Max’. I say surprisingly because I started out using colour pencils on pastel paper, which I’ve done before. This particular paper though has a ‘softer’ texture than my usual one and the pencil wasn’t sitting well at all. I’m not a pastel fan (too messy) but my mum-in-law bought me some pastel pencils a while back, which I have to admit to not having given them a fair trial. So, with the prospect of starting the drawing from scratch and probably using pen and ink/watercolour, I decided to give the pencils a whirl. I tried Max’s eye first, which went well. Then I progressed on to his nose, then I moved up his face a wee bit…


Moving on

May 28, 2013

After a thoroughly miserable Sunday, against all hope, Kevin managed to find someone on Skye with a spare cockerel – well, several actually! So, meet The Big Fella…

Big FellaHe’s a Brahma and is enormous! He kinda looks like he just got out of bed and forgot to change out of his pyjamas! The girls don’t seem to be daunted by his appearance and so far he’s been the perfect gentleman. I hope he doesn’t be gentlemanly for TOO long though!



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