I’D LIKE YOU TO MEET MY BABY.

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Introducing Baby Mouse.  You may remember her as this little thing …

 

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Baby Mouse has achieved full grown hen status and started laying eggs for me a few weeks ago.  I’m using the term “for me” very loosely here, because the closest she’s ever come to doing anything for me is when she very much on purpose, tried to pluck my left eye out. Repeatedly.  After jumping in my lap for attention.  She’s kindda out of left field that way.  She’d make a terrible service animal.   For one thing you may start off with a mere anxiety disorder when you get her but you’d end up missing 2 eyes, part of an ear, definitely some soft cartilage and suffer from PTSD.

She sure lays some pretty eggs though.

 

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And luckily, I can still see them. A few more lap dances from her and you’ll have to describe them to me by pressing your finger into the palm of my hand and drawing them.

 

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Yeah.  You can see the danger in her eyes.

 

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Baby Mouse is what’s called an Olive Egger.  It isn’t a breed per say, so much as a mix of 2 breeds that have unique qualities.  One of its parents is a dark egg layer and one of its parents is a blue egg layer.  Put them together in a motel room with a heart shaped nest and what you end up with are a bunch of little chickens that will eventually lays olive coloured eggs.  It’s all basic colour wheel stuff.

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Baby Mouse comes from Ameraucana (blue egg laying) lines and Copper Marans (dark, dark brown egg laying) lines.

Which means I now have hens in my coop that lay dark brown, blueish/green, bright blue and olive coloured eggs.  They’re produced by my Easter Egger, Cheez Whiz,  who lays blueish/green eggs, my Copper Marans, Mabel and Josephine who lay dark brown eggs, Sweetie who lays bright blue eggs and now Baby Mouse who lays her olive coloured eggs.

 

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Not pictured are the eggs from Sweetie who has gone on egg laying strike; a very common affliction for hens in winter.  I’m not entirely sure of the science behind it but basically hens who don’t lay eggs throughout the winter stay here in Canada while their ovaries take off to play horseshoes in Palm Beach.

 

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Baby Mouse.  The man eating chicken.  Such poetic irony for such a pea brained animal.

 

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And such a big breast if she ever tries to blind me again.

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84 Comments

  1. Laura says:

    She is very pretty!

  2. Becky says:

    I’ve often threatened my girls when they do something I don’t like…something along the lines of “pot pie” “chicken noodle soup” just as a reminder.

  3. Grammy says:

    Safety goggles. I know you have some.

    They are beautiful eggs. Be a shame if you couldn’t see them.

  4. Tracy says:

    But she looks so sweet!

  5. Jackie says:

    She’s beautiful – and dangerous.

  6. Jan says:

    yes, she has murder in her eyes. They’re orange, afterall. perhaps she needs to meet a frozen brethren to understand that she has a choice as to where she ends up.

    • Louise says:

      LOL! I can just see Karen standing out in the chicken coop with a frozen chicken carcass, showing it to the chickens while yelling out threats. Her neighbors will be calling the guys in white coats with butterfly nets!

      • Jan says:

        It’s cold enough to just leave one out on a table for them all to contemplate.

        Cruel perhaps, but I wouldn’t want the rest of them to get any ideas………

  7. Bobbles says:

    Oh, she’s beautiful! But with her beetled brow and evil eyes, I’d only visit her while wearing safety glasses!

  8. Maggie Van Sickle says:

    I love the colour of the eggs and the fact chickens are affectionate slays me. Who would a thunk?

  9. Ardith says:

    Fantastic photos, Karen.

    I’m sorry to hear that this pretty “baby” has evil maiming tendencies. It just goes to show you cannot judge a fowl book by its cover. Cheers and Merry Christmas, Ardith

  10. Lisa says:

    That’s definitely a “tanty” coming on – her expression is priceless. You have snow! I am so so so jealous. Currently 35 celcius here – hot and sticky with a “monster” storm needed to break it (our storms comes out of nowhere with a “whump” then it’s gone again and even more humid). Enjoy those wonderful feathered girls and have fantabulous Christmas. You deserve it. x

  11. Catt in Kentucky says:

    Perhaps some chicken-handling goggles from Santa? Body armor? Love those jewel-like eggs ..so artful.

  12. Melissa says:

    She’s a sweet little beauty, but darn if she doesn’t have that crazed look in her eyes! That “come hither, but beware” look.

    I guess unless you have an affinity for eye patches, or pirates who wear them, you might keep her at arms length. Even though, she does look like you could just hug her sweet fluffy self….just don’t. Aye Matey!

    • Karen says:

      She’s so nice sometimes though, lol! She doesn’t even move an inch when I go to pick her up! Most chickens either run away or wiggle and shift at the very least. :/ Oh babyyyy. ~ karen!

  13. Mark says:

    Threatening your chickens!?!?!?! Does it work?

  14. Mindy says:

    She looks friggin’ cold to me. And she definitely has crazy mom eyes. Not that I would know anything about that.

  15. Raymonde says:

    She really looks pissed! She just might hate winter…

  16. Paula says:

    My two aren’t very ‘friendly’ either, but they sure are pretty. They are both definitely still so very skittish! They are bigger than my other ‘plain’ chickens but they still act like they are half the size of the others, lol. As they aren’t yet laying, I still call them ‘the babies’ among other names, but ‘Fric and Frac’ are the names that seem to be sticking 🙂

    • Karen says:

      She’ll sit quietly in my lap and isn’t skittish at all Paula. She’s just … ornery sometimes, lol. If you’re desperate for eggs I’d suggest using a light in the coop. If you already have one in the coop make sure it’s set to be on for 15 hours. No less. Set it to come up early, early morning, as opposed to running late into the night. So say, 3 a.m. – 6 p.m. ~ karen!

  17. Mark says:

    I enjoyed this article more than watching Babe Ruth knock one out of the park on YouTube!

  18. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    That is one scary looking chicken….but the eggs are very pretty!

  19. Sherry in Alaska says:

    Phtttt ………..Face it – chickens are evil – just like goats. They are useful but evil. Just look at their eyes… So it’s a trade – food & care in return for eggs or milk (if you’re dealing with goats – which you’re not of coarse but just in case you ever do). Never should you expect anything more. And never should they be approached without proper protection. I suggest a baseball bat. Grab those beautiful eggs and get the hell out of danger!
    Merry Christmas to you and the girls, eh!
    PS: Only full on purple! No nasty eggplant near me.

  20. Thandi says:

    Baby Mouse you gorgeous beastie! She really is very pretty.
    Birdbird the cockatiel is “affectionately” called Schnitzel and The World’s Tiniest Chicken Sandwich. The budgies, Dot and Dash, are collectively known as The Nuggets. Girl birds: the most precious and evil of all creatures.

  21. Jani says:

    Wow…what a little pecker head she is!! She should be more kind to the person that feeds her!!

  22. Louise says:

    She looks lovely against the snow – very artistic of you! And your photos of the eggs are very interesting, but I’m dying to see a bright blue egg – you’ll post a photo when Sweetie starts laying again, right?

  23. Maureen Locke says:

    I think she’s beautiful and don’t find her eyes to be evil at all. We once had a beautiful grey German Shepherd with eyes the same colour and he was the most gentle of animals… at least to us. Perhaps she just needs more human contact… maybe she just thinks you’re “using” her for what you can get… huh?? Ever thought of that. Perhaps a pair of safety glasses and a little more lap time might be in order for poor Baby Mouse. 🙂 ( how the heck can I add emoticons to my replies?? )

  24. Beth Lawton says:

    I’m curious if she is also aggressive with the other hens? My experience with this kind of behavior is that she thinks you’re another hen and is just trying to be the top of the pecking order – get you in line, as it were! Or even (especially?) if she is lowest in the pecking order, you might be her last chance to be in charge of another hen. They are bizarre creatures but I am sorely tempted to get them again (had to rehome my auracanas and buff orpington before we relocated 3 years ago).

    Happy Solstice – celebrate the light!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Beth! There’s something fun about it being dark by 4:30 at night, but … I’m over it, lol. So yes, bring on the sun. I think Baby Mouse is probably just young and she definitely thinks I’m a chicken. She loves sitting with me, but definitely wants to keep me in line, lol. It’ll stop I’m sure. ~ karen!

  25. Ev Wilcox says:

    She is, after all, one smart chic. As long as she gives you pretty eggs she is safe from the skillet! And not laying in winter is not unusual, and she knows it. So she will withhold till spring and innocently begin laying again, always hoping for another shot at those glistening orbs! Ah well, crafty birds are part of the grand scheme, yes?

  26. Janet says:

    Don’t let Baby Mouse invite you to a “blind taste test” of which colour eggs taste better.

  27. Julie says:

    That’s one chore you can cross off your to-do list…dying Easter eggs! They’re beautiful!

  28. Leslie in Hampton says:

    So pretty and so evil muhaaaaaaa.

  29. jainegayer says:

    Hazmat suit to protect your whole body cause that little lady’s got mean eyes. But oh those gorgeous eggs!

  30. Kristin says:

    I went out to lock up my chickens last night (we haven’t had them such a long time), expecting them to be sleeping as it was 9PM. They heard me talking to the dogs next door (because they were barking their fool heads off), and they all came out of the coop to see me! Now, I do realize they were just expecting treats, but it warmed my little heart to think they were excited to see me ❤

  31. Jo says:

    This is one of the reasons why I am terrified of birds! I made a terrible poultry farmers wife. It was a very dark period of my life. Your a brave woman for raising them.

  32. MaggieB says:

    Maybe she needs some thick soled thermal bootees to keep her tootsies warm….? Hysterical post, not about you loosing your eyes of course because that would just be tragic for my Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and beautiful styled photos. Did you make the straw nest inside first? Have a fabulous Christmas Karen and thank you SO much for another wonderful year.

  33. ronda says:

    well, that certainly isn’t a come hither look, is it! definitely beware for you might loose an appendage!! but, as others have mentioned, gorgeous eggs from all the ladies.
    Merry Christmas! ?

  34. Allison says:

    She’s so pretty, even if she is a little schizo. Also: I love that she has feathers that look like mutton chops.

  35. Alena says:

    Hi Karen,
    A quick question – have there been any issues with your hosting server lately? It happened to me several times that when I try to read (or reply to) a post, the page starts spontaneously scrolling back up to the very beginning and the last two times I posted a comment it did not make it through (although I didn’t get any error). The last time this happened was when I read your previous post; among other stuff I asked where you got that nice black wrapping paper. I checked today if there was an answer from you so that’s how I found out my post went pouf.
    (I will not hold it against you personally).
    Merry Christmas!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alena! I haven’t been having any issues with my server. Not that I’ve noticed anyway! I remember answering your question! But you’re right it seems to be gone! I know you asked it and I answered it. Let me go check if it somehow got put into the spam folder of comments. (not by me but somehow automatically??) ~ karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alena! I just checked and your comment is still there. It seems to have something to do with your IP address. You seem to be using 2 different devices (or at least 2 different IP addresses) when you comment. And you’re apparently only having trouble with the one acting up. The only thing I can suggest is clearing your cache on all of your devices? ~ karen!

      • Alena says:

        Thanks Karen,
        This is interesting. It’s the same laptop but I use it both at work and at home.
        This is very helpful – thanks for looking into that.

  36. Betty says:

    I have the same problem,really annoying.

  37. Kathleen says:

    When we had one barred rock, one rhode island red, and a beige thingy of sorts, I kept them in line by naming them: Baked, Fried, and Barbequed.

  38. Sandy Z says:

    Those are some beautiful eggs!!

  39. Linda in Illinois says:

    Beautiful bird and eggs. What happened to the other babies? Did I miss one of your posts? hummmm Interestingly enough, when I comment on a post, it goes a little wonky too as in Alena’s issues.
    Have a great Christmas Karen !!!

  40. Phyllis Kraemer says:

    Love the colours!

  41. Karen says:

    I’m testing things out here to see if the page scrolling while commenting issue happens for me as well!

  42. Carole says:

    IN my best cockney accent : “She’s a bird! What, eh!”

  43. Jan in Waterdown says:

    It’s that long very pointy thing on the front of her face that worries me!
    And by “her”, I mean the chicken . . . lol . . . ?

  44. Mary W says:

    Since she uses red eye shadow all around her eyes, I’d say she is going for an evil look – maybe take her make-up away. Her eggs are gorgeous! I’m so envious of your colorful basket of eggs – not your fantastic hair, nor trim and fit body, not get-er-done attitude, but your eggs! When my daughter was 4, she couldn’t wait to show her Grandpa our newest hatch of chicks. She took his hand and led him to the cage and sweetly smiled up at him and said “They have long peckers but it doesn’t hurt.” We all had to bite our tongue to keep from laughing cause you know kids, they repeat what gets a reaction.

  45. Amie Melnychuk says:

    Are you aware of the Hot Crazy Scale?

    She is only that crazy because she is such a looker! or because she is a looker she is that crazy.. Not sure which comes first.

  46. Kari says:

    She’s very beautiful! I agree about the eyes, lol, crazy eyes. Idk I feel like a lot of birds could snap at any moment. I imagine dinosaurs had a smiliar thing going for them, lol.

  47. Gretchen Se ton says:

    Love those egg colors!!

  48. Dan says:

    I like her colouring. I used to work in the Canadian arctic, and we had ptarmigans running around all over that look like this in the winter. We used to call them ptundra chickens.

  49. Erin says:

    Beautiful photos, Karen

  50. Lesley says:

    Well, she is gorgeous. So OF COURSE she’s kind of a bitch.

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