Tuesday, January 25

ABC Wednesday (although it is Tuesday) and a Giveaway!


It is time for ABC Wednesday again. For round 8 I am using my home and life as a theme, sharing various posessions and keepsakes.

B is for Bev - one of our hens.



Bev is a Black Marran breed and gives us Blue eggs!


We have not had many eggs of late but a few weeks ago Olwyn started laying the occasional egg. Olwyn is one of the larger brown ones. A few days ago Bev joined in with the laying and now lays an egg each day. When I let the hens out each morning there is usually 1 or 2 eggs in the henhouse. Eva or May have joined in again, I know this by the colour of egg.

Last year Bev became broody, along with Mabel and spent a while over the road with a neighbors eggs. Bev was not successful in hatching hers, but Mabel was. Sadly the snow was the unexpected hazard and her chick died. Bev returned here and after a short period of establishing a pecking order, soon integrated with the rest of our hens. In the meantime it would seem Mabel has a fan! A banty cockerel who sits by her side day after day and follows her wherever she goes. She will be returning home sometime this week - together with the new love of her life. Currently he hasn't a name - so I am looking for ideas. We tend to name our animals with traditional names. So any ideas?

The suggestions received will be dropped into a box - the winner will receive a set of my cards.

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42 comments:

  1. Alas, I'm no good at naming poultry, tho his character suggests a tough name like Max.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  2. I think he deserves a good old-fashioned name like Albert :-)

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  3. Maurice!
    Maurice and Mabel sounds nice.
    Jane x
    PS Didn't know that chickens gave blue eggs!

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  4. As it's B week, how about Baldric? (Which means Brave Ruler as every Blackadder fan knows)

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  5. We used to have a lovely bantam cock called McKenzie (after the McKenzie's whisky box he came in). He ruled his hens (ordinary pullets) with a stern crow every morning and they adored him. He lived to a ripe old age and we found him one morning, claws up, on the hen house floor. The pullets went about aimlessly for a few days. So how about McKenzie for a name.

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  6. How about Boris! Boris and Bev has a certain ring about it doncha think? LOL

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  7. Hello, I wafted in from Porcelain Rose's Blog and I'm busy having a good nosey :)
    I like the name game, and love Baldric. My thought was Bartholomew, or Barty the Bantam.
    Mo

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  8. Well, I've never named a chicken, but then I never owned any either! So, I too, will go with a B name -- Barnaby Jones! Have a great week, Denise!

    Sylvia

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  9. I'm going with the "B" theme too. How about Byron?
    Byron and Bev !
    They make a cute couple. :)

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  10. Math or Gwydion? I was instantly reminded of Lloyd Alexander's Prydain series when I read that one of your hens is named Olwyn.

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  11. He is Mabel's friend folks - not Bev's

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  12. Since it is B week and you already have Bev (such a fabulous name by the way!) why not go with Bill (which happens to be my hubby's name!) lol
    Mabel is my mom's name! I feel very close to some of your brood!

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  13. Magnus has a royal ring to it.
    Magnus and Mable sounds pretty good together.
    Glad she is coming home again and your brood is back in the proper pecking order.

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  14. Well if Mable is in love, perhaps it because he is the "Maximus"

    How fun... that blue egg is beautiful. Makes me think Easter..and you don't even have to color it.

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  15. Arthur would be nice! I love that colour blue! I have never seen one like that!

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  16. I don't know why, but the name Philip comes to mind......!
    We don't seem to get away from the chicken topic, do we?
    I know about the blue eggs now though.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  17. I love the look of that blue egg. How about Romeo for the banty cockerel.

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  18. I think I suggested BOB on your F/B but I do like Barnaby Jones too! LOVED that show! I can't imagine knowing which hen laid which egg according to colour, but then I guess I'm really a city girl at heart. (Who would LOVE to visit her country friends!) :D

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  19. What a glorious blue egg Denise. I have a lovely speckled one at the moment (shop bought I'm sorry to say) that I am saving for Sunday breakfast :)

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  20. Well, I would suggest Martin. Martin and Mabel has a nice ring to it!

    BTW, I have been working steadily at the nativity set, and about half done!

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  21. That egg is a gorgeous blue :-)

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  22. How about Mack and Mabel from the musical ~

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPlw1wVQo2I&feature=related

    Lovely blue egg...only blue ones I've ever seen are small robin eggs!

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  23. The first thought that came to my mind was Randy Rooster :) Been around teenagers too long.
    I had no idea chickens could lay blue eggs!

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  24. I've never heard of chickens' producing blue eggs. Amazing. It appears larger than a robin's which is a good thing. Maybe the name: Ballard?

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  25. How wonderful to have fresh eggs everyday, I do so envy you.

    I've just been to see the film The King's Speech which was great, so how about Bertie? Mabel and Bertie sound like a team!

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  26. I like Eryl's suggestion. Bertie the Bantam sounds good.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  27. I have to tell you, my mother has been talking about getting chickens for months now, and I've kind of laughed in her face ...

    But following your blog is making me want to at least consider the idea ...

    : )

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  28. Somehow the idea of a bantam rooster makes me think of a small man strutting around to make up for his stature...so my choice is Mick.

    Maybe Mabel will be setting on her own eggs this year!

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  29. Definitely Henry. It's traditional and Bev can call him Harry when they're alone.

    Cheryl
    ABC Team

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  30. Wow ! blue eggs ! I didn't even know it exists !

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  31. Next time I see my best friend, I will tell her that she is a chicken.

    Olwyn is a very rare name. Why did you choose Olwyn?

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  32. I vote for Martin too, or Michael as an alternate. Maximilian if you want something more grandiose ;-)

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  33. I've never seen such a blue egg before, I bet they taste delicious eaten so fresh. I'd love to join in with your name game and my suggestion is Colin.

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  34. We have a hen who we thought was going to be a cockeral called Mr Darcy, it always makes me smile when I call her :-)

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  35. My current cockerel is Ken!
    may I venture to suggest that your Black Maran is probably a black Araucana - or at least she has some Araucana in her hence the blue eggs!

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  36. Beautiful bird, there. I bet Bev would get along well with my black Bandersnatch blob.

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  37. What beautiful blue eggs! When he was a boy my father wanted a purple chicken. back then they thought it impossible but I have since seen some.

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  38. Such a lovely blue egg. I think he should be called Mack so that you have Mack and Mabel!

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  39. Blue eggs, how wonderful! I've been wanting to build a chicken coop, but I think our yard is too small to do justice to a pair of chickens. Yours look like they have room to roam. Am looking forward to your posts to learn more about your farm.

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Thank you for your comments, always nice to know somebody has taken the time to let me know what they think.

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