I’D LIKE YOU TO MEET MY SWEETIE

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Name – Sweetie

DOB – February 29th, 2016

Breed – Ameraucana

Nickname – OHMYGODWHATAREYOUDOING??!!!

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A few weeks ago when I went to pick up some fertilized eggs from chicken breeder Barb Dodington I picked up something else.  Sweetie.

And Sweetie’s been trying to kill herself ever since.  More on that in a moment.

 

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The day I went to pick up my fertilized Olive Egger eggs I had  no idea what I was walking into.  It was barn after barn of chickens.  Some of them were romping through the yard, some of them in coops, some of them in cages … all of it carefully planned out according to breeding, hatching and playing.

I suspect there was also some sort of magic going on because I had my mind pretty much made up as I drove there.  I wasn’t coming  home with a chicken. Was NOT.  Only eggs.

I came home with a chicken.

And 3 more eggs than I meant to.

As an actual farmer I’d be a total failure.  I’d keep every chick, goat, horse, cow, worm, snail, or spider born.  I would keep no centipedes.  All centipedes would die from the globally accepted form of centipede murder … a shoe to the head.  Funeral proceedings would follow, which consist of picking up the now deceased, yet still writhing centipede, with half a roll of toilet paper with your arm stretched out as far as possible in front of you while making gagging sounds and hyperventilating just a little bit as you flush it’s still jerking legs down the toilet.

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The Lineage and Genes

Black Split for lavender – this means even though Sweetie is black, she has the gene for lavender in her and if I were to breed her with a lavender rooster there would be a 50/50 chance she’d produce lavender chicks.  If I bred her with a black rooster with the lavender gene, there’d be a 25% chance she’d produce lavender chicks.

She has a pure black grandfather that came from Tom Kernan in New Jersey, who breeds championship Ameraucanas.

Her grandfather  was Champion AOSB at the Clinton Fair in 2016.

Her lavender roots come from Clif Redden in Kansas, current Ameraucana Breeders Club president

 

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So Sweetie’s lineage is far more refined than my own. I come from the hardy stock of swingers and boozers.

 

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I would have come  home with a Silkie as well but luckily Barb saw me sneaking out with one on my head like a hat and told me I couldn’t have it.  Apparently they weren’t old enough, or sexed yet or for sale, or blah, blah, blah. Whatever.

So all I made it out with, was Sweetie.

And 8 fertilized eggs of course.

 

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Sweetie will also be known as chicken 416 as per her ankle bracelet because she’s official.  And possibly under house arrest.

 

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The second I got her home I knew Sweetie was the cutest thing in the world.  And like most cute things on this earth, she is made up of 25% cute, 74% rabid, freakish, devil-monster and 1% clown.

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Within the first week Sweetie had jumped up and down on top of Josephine as she sat on her eggs, jumped up and down on Mabel as she sat on her *imaginary* eggs (Mabel is broody too), She also got stuck in the 3″ wide space between the coop hardware cloth and my fence, flattened like a pancake.  If you’re familiar with cooking terms she looked like a spatchcock.

In my moment of panic I tried to heave and move the chicken coop.  The entire thing.  Like I thought I was a tractor.     So, no, that didn’t work.

Instead I had to run around looking for a pair of wire cutters to literally cut her out of the spot, stick my hand under her and let her drop into it.

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Now I have to repair that entire side of my coop so raccoons and skunks don’t get in to finish the job of killing herself that Sweetie started.

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Look at her.  Just look at her.  That is the look of chicken remorse with a touch of … but look how cute I am … sucker.

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So yes.  I just went out for some eggs and came home with all this.  Story of my life.  Once I went out for a snow shovel and came home with a car.  True story.

And you know what?  She’s Cuddly.

 

 

88 Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    Just awesome. You made me snot. Because you are spot on in your description of all cuties on earth. Mine are adorable but spend most of their time trying to self destruct or kill each other. It takes all my energy to keep them upright and breathing. Your chickens are glossy and gorgeous! Your good care is apparent.

  2. robert says:

    She looks more like a falcon or an eagle than a chicken. Obviously now you make me want to have one so I might need to stop reading your post about chickens or I might indeed end with dead chickens because of my inability to actually care about them after a while

  3. Kirsten says:

    Omg, my insomnia has made me first??? Sweetie is definitely a beauty, and as with all beautiful women expect some difficulties.
    Congrats!!!

  4. Peggy G says:

    My niece had a cat named Sweetie who was kind of crazy too. Crazy in that she would run up and attack people who came over to feed her when her people were out of town. People being me wearing shorts and her with claws out and my bare legs in sight. I had to carry a rolled up newspaper with me everytime I went in her house. And I’m the aunt that likes cats. Sweetie the cat didn’t have grand genes though. You can’t blame craziness just on fancy genes.

  5. Anne says:

    Really, a shoe to the head!? Sweetie would be more than happy to have a juicy centipede for breakfast/dinner. My 18 mo. old daughter would walk around the yard with the chicken(s) and chicks following her as she lifted every rock, log or what have you, so the chickens could have a feast of ‘bugs’.

    • Dale says:

      While my daughter raised two hens in our back yard, earwigs were nearly extinct from the lightening fast peck-peck. They would grab up every earwig in sight. Now, with no chickens, I have earwigs invading my milkweed buds.
      Have fun with Sweetie!!

      PS We had our first Monarch floating around our milkweed plantation.

  6. Jan says:

    She isssss pretty, but, unfortunately for you, she knows it.
    She will be a PIA!

  7. Judy DeLacy says:

    Oh Sweetie is adorable, that’s for sure. But she’s got that mischievous look about her. I’m looking forward to reading many stories about her zany behavior.

    BTW, I received a notice over a week ago that the chicken swing has shipped. Maybe Sweetie will become an acrobatic chick. 🙂

    Regards,
    Judy

  8. Edith says:

    Oh, she’s beautiful. Aristocratic. Refined. Hi maintenance!

  9. Tigersmom says:

    So glad you have a cuddly girl.

  10. j says:

    I’m happy for you that you’re happy-my kids have fur-so I don’t quite get the feathers on kids thing,,,
    So what does a LAVENDER CHICKEN look like?? And when do we get to see the snuggle ability of this particular chicken?

  11. Shirley says:

    she hasn’t got the usual accutrements that chickens come with! Things like combs and wattles! I have to say she did make me blink trying to figure that one out! I can’t decide if the lack is a good thing or not.
    P.S. Your fluff balls (aka baby chicks) are the sweetest things ever!
    P.P.S. There is usually nothing left to dispose of when I find a centipede as I spend significant time tap dancing on them!

  12. Kat says:

    She is by far the strangest looking chicken I have ever seen! But I haven’t really seen all that many. Why doesn’t she have a comb or flappy things on her head? If she is young will she grow some? She just looks bald or something I can’t explain because I do not know a damn thing about chickens unless you have wrote about it.

    • Karen says:

      Ameraucanas don’t generally have combs or wattles. Actually they can have a small comb, very small and that might happen with her. But generally no wattles. They usually have “muffs and beards”. Those are the fluffy feathers around her face. And trust me, she is FAR from the strangest looking chicken out there, lol. I know, because I plan on getting them all. 😉 ~ karen!

  13. Kathleen says:

    This – “I come from the hearty stock of swingers and boozers.” almost made me snort coffee through my nose!
    She is a beauty, your Cutie.

    I’m afraid our dogs would eat the chickens, but your posts are bring back very fond childhood memories of when my parents kept chickens and ducks. Thank you for that.

    What a lovely way to start my week.

  14. janni says:

    Ha! It sounds like you got the equivalent of what Arabians are in the horse world! After owning several horses growing up, I still yearned for an Arab. I always thought (and still do) they are the most beautiful breed. My sister always said “Go to any barn, stable, ask what what horse is the biggest pain in the ass, it will be an Arab!” Well, I bought one anyway. I broke her myself. She lived in my 3 acre front yard for 23 years. Hard to handle, accident prone but beauty in motion. I miss her everyday! I have no doubt you will enjoy your little problematic rebel. She’s just be a blessing in disguise!

    • Karen says:

      Arabians ARE beautiful and yup, nuts, lol. HIGH strung but such pretty gaits. Sweetie is far more clumsy than that, lol. ~ karen!

  15. Capi says:

    If we went out for ice cream cones once and came home with a new car, does that beat a snow shovel?

  16. Paula says:

    Aww, congratulations she is lovely! My chicken, Poppy’s wing injury was caused in much the same way as Sweetie’s antics.

    Please share how you successfully integrated her with your other chickens?

  17. Kathy Hartzell says:

    Capi went out for ice cream and came home with a new car…..is that funnier than us going out for garden lights and coming home with a new car? I think a chicken and a few extra fertilized eggs would have been more practical.

  18. Kristy says:

    She’s beautiful. I have one like her. Won’t eat the mealworms off the ground, only out of my hand, but only if I am not looking at her. The others ignore her because she’s more beautiful than they are.

    P.S. I have to share – my duck – Howard the Duck – laid eggs today! My first eggs! Howard turned out to be a girl… I only just came to this conclusion 5 days ago and BOOM! Eggs!

  19. Terry Montague says:

    The best chicken we ever had belongs to our neighbors. She, the chicken, comes up to our fence every morning and makes a purring noise, or maybe she’s clearing her throat. How can you ignore talent like that? Our little girls call her “the cluck-cluck”. So, now we have a bag of chicken food next to the fence.

  20. Pam'a says:

    On top of everything else, in the second photo (the first one where she’s standing up), she looks like she has her feet on backwards. Probably a born centipede stomper! Have fun with her.

  21. Tijen says:

    I so enjoyed this story and yes, Sweetie is absolutely stunning. She’s also quite photogenic.

  22. MrsChris SA says:

    Karen the chicken whisperer!!
    She is very cute but has a very cheeky glint in her little beady eyes!!

  23. Laura Bee says:

    Oh my! Beautiful & psychotic. What a combo. She’s fantastic.
    We had a cat who, on his first time outside ran 10 feet down the side of the house & made a quick left into the lattice under the porch & got his head stuck.
    He sure was a pretty boy though.

  24. Melissa says:

    I saw this email come in. Wasn’t gonna read it. I wanted to save it til morning, so I could have a hearty laugh to start my day. But, noooo, had to read it right away. Now, I’m laughing out loud, woke the dog and the husband (not necessarily in that order), and one of them isn’t happy. Damn dog.

  25. Lois says:

    “like most cute things on this earth, she is made up of 25% cute, 74% rabid, freakish, devil-monster and 1% clown.”

    Completely describes the kitten my daughter begged me to adopt after she (Kitten) was abandoned in her (daughter’s) care at college (it was supposed to be “just for the weekend”). Two years later, Kitten is demonstrating the same percentages.

    Kitten is a tortoiseshell, and now I believe all those stereotypes about calico/tortoiseshell cats. She NEVER runs out of energy and rascal-iness.

  26. Lois says:

    P.S. Your bird is gorgeous. Very photogenic.

  27. Jennie Lee says:

    Sweetie DOES look like an eagle. If you weren’t Canadian, I’d say you got her for a 4th of July decoration. I love the metallic blue feathers. And I like the lack of headgear. I never liked those frills anyway. And you already told us that other chickens attack that part. Sweetie won’t have that problem!

  28. Stephanie Barnhart says:

    She’s beautiful! Why on earth would you keep her a secret?? I was going to say that she looks very intelligent, but then you shared about how she got herself stuck, so….. maybe not. Of course, she was smart enough to figure out how to get back there in the first place, so who knows?

  29. Alita says:

    You Sweetie is indeed a sweetie! Animals, who would be without them?

    We had a tup (male sheep) many years ago. He appeared, as a lamb, out of nowhere in our field full of goats. We found him helping himself to milk from one of the nanny goats. None of the local farmers would own up to him which was probably a sign…

    He was incredibly stupid, even for a sheep. On one occasion, as an adult, he decided to investigate the two bird chicken ark, the sleeping quarters of which had just enough room for two chickens to roost. He managed to get himself into it, sort of folded himself up in the middle but, of course, could not get out again. Stupid sheep. We had to dismantle the coop to remove him.

  30. Catherine says:

    That is a very pretty chicken – so glad you have a cuddler!

  31. Nancy W says:

    Centipedes, and slugs and snails, well here they get death by pecking.

  32. Maureen Locke says:

    She’s beautiful Karen… very regal looking. How is she making out with the others in the coop other than poor Josephine and Mabel. Do you suppose she jumped on them because they were stationary or because she was jealous ?? Interesting. Enjoy your new beauty and I’m so glad she’s a cuddler. 🙂

  33. Alexandra says:

    Your blog always makes my day. Thank you and smoochies to you and Sweetie.

  34. Diane R. says:

    Sweetie is so pretty! Seems to me Ms.Karen, you will have to add a room onto your coop. How many can live in the coop now?
    Looking forward to seeing more pics of the new baby chics.

  35. Rose says:

    I like this girI. She’s beautiful and spirited……just like you. Happy 4TH from your Midwestern fan!

  36. jainegayer says:

    You and Sweetie sound like a good match.

    PS- Maybe sometime you can fill us in on the snow shovel/car story. I’m sure it’s hilarious.

  37. Teddee Grace says:

    She doesn’t look cuddly to me, or sweet, just p.o.’d. Do chickens get homesick? Maybe she needs a companion from her original home. Perhaps the Silkie would do.

  38. monique says:

    You’ll have blue eggs?:)

    • Karen says:

      I will. I already have Cheez Whiz who lays a blueish/greenish egg, but these ones *should* be just plain blue. ~ karen!

  39. Robyn says:

    She is beautiful! I am so glad I can live vicariously through you with the chickens!

  40. Julie says:

    No one can replace Cuddles, but I sure am glad you found Sweetie to help fill the hole in your heart and the space on your empty lap. Welcome, Sweetie!

  41. marilyn says:

    crazy cat ladies pale in comparison my friend..

  42. Mike says:

    While we in the United States are observing Independence Day, you, Karen, will be observing Sweetie to make sure she doesn’t jump up and down on the heads of Josephine and Mabel. If she does, it will be In-da-pen-dance Day in Canada. (Okay, so technically it’s a coop, but that’s crappy fodder for the joke.)

    Good luck!

  43. Ev Wilcox says:

    Congrats on obtaining a diva chicken! Two years ago I went out looking for a used Wrangler and ended up buying a new Wrangler Willis for $$$!, totally not meaning to. A diva chicken would have been a lot cheaper! She is very pretty-many happy hugs to you both!

  44. Mary W says:

    She is the first chicken I’ve seen that doesn’t appear to frown and give you the stink eye. Is it because her nose/beak seems to stretch further up on her head thereby removing the offending eyebrows? Sweetie’s story is telling us what a perfect fit she is for your home. Can you give fake eggs to the other broody so she won’t feel so weird? From this story, it seems you may be letting a few roosters develop. From my experience (limited) the little roosters have a pecking order and the top cock develops and the others lay low. Then if the top cock gets gone, the next in line develops and so on, until there is only one left. A remarkable system but it happened to me, I mean my chickens. So you should be able to get one that will then produce purple. I would name it Prince of course.

  45. Sandy Zelinsky says:

    Went to replace dead car battery, traded in 2 vehicles, one in parked in Canada until mid-August, the other in the service bay & drove away in new 2016 CRV. Just gotta say “God Bless America”…and what a beautiful chicken Sweetie is!!

  46. Jackie says:

    OMG!!!! She’s just beautiful. Can’t wait to hear all her stories.

  47. Sandy says:

    Oh we can beat that…our family went out one day and bought a new car…and…our first boat, a 28 footer. That was a day we all remember. Didn’t really plan on purchasing both…but enjoyed them both over the years.

  48. Jody says:

    How have you kept this a secret for so long??? Do the other chickens get worried when you head off in the car wondering what /who you’ll you be bringing home? I think Sweetie could also be AKA Martha Stewart with the ankle bracelet.

  49. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    She is very pretty…But…I thought I was your sweetie… 🙁

  50. Stephanie says:

    Karen, I didn’t know you knew my 14 year old daughter! You described her to a T – but more like 5% clown (which causes me to forgive her more easily when that devil comes out).

  51. Leslie says:

    I love your chicken posts and can’t wait to see the babies. You should check out this link https://www.pikeroadsouthern.com/. They have a tee shirt with a chicken on it that reads ‘Keep Calm & Keep Chickens”. It reminded me of you…although ‘calm’ may sometimes be a stretch (grin). If you are half way interested in the shirt they are only accepting pre-order until Friday. Hoping to hear more chicken stories this week and cute little fuzzy chicks.

  52. Grammy says:

    “…like most cute things on this earth, she is made up of 25% cute, 74% rabid, freakish, devil-monster and 1% clown.”

    This describes my grandson, but being a seven-year-old boy and not a chicken, his percentages are 35% cute, 55% monster, 10% clown. Having been a den mother when my son was a cub scout almost 45 years ago, my recollection is that it’s a fairly consistent ratio for most little boys. The cute and the clown are what keep them all alive until they achieve something akin to adulthood (in my experience, the male of our species never actually achieves adulthood).

    “Sweetie” is what I call my husband. He’s a cuddler, too, so he gets to stay here, despite continuing the cute/monster/clown thing into old age. He and the grandson are a perfect match. I have no time for chickens, so I enjoy yours.

  53. karen tomlinson says:

    Loved that post and love Sweetie – although my heart will always be with Cuddles.
    Thank you for the many laughs you provide me. You need your own show – would be like
    Martha Stewart – except with heart, soul and lots of laughs. Ok – it wouldn’t at all be like Martha
    Stewart. But it would be fantastic – and I think we need to start the campaign soon.

    KT in Los Gatos, Ca

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Karen. But nope. No more shows for me. 🙂 Blogging is WAY more fun and interesting. Have you ever actually met a television executive, lol? ~ karen!

  54. MaggieB says:

    Gosh Karen – Sweetie is be-you-tea-full! Love that first shot – such a red carpet pose in her evening gown!! All she needs is a tiara – so totally Audrey Hepburn. Presumably she is getting on okay with the girls now. How old will she be before she starts laying? And how on earth did she manage to get behind the coop? Lucky for you then that the skunks and raccoons don’t seem to be too smart. And finally, last question – as you have so little to do with your days (guffaw) with Sweetie’s heritage could you show her as well? And what would be her Kennel Name equivalent?

  55. FarmKid Marti says:

    Ok, so now that I have recovered from the radio story on bird sperm (and duck penises) that I heard this weekend, you tell me that your new chicken is suicidal?
    OF COURSE I KNOW WHAT SPATCHCOCKED IS.
    It means she wants to come visit me on Sunday. At dinner time.

    Are you going to start breeding them, because those lavender chickens are gorgeous!
    But I think you’d have to sell the house you have now built to your specifications and go live in the country… where instead of “the Crazy Cat Lady” you’d be “The Ape S#!T Chicken Woman,” right?

    And I say go for it!

  56. Heather (mtl) says:

    Oh, she’s gorgeous! So happy you found yourself a cuddler – oh so important!
    Can’t wait to hear more from The Escapades of Mlle. Sweetness.
    BTW, are the blue eggs the same size as the white or brown ones?

  57. Eva Rudner says:

    Hi! I love reading about your chickens! (Brave soul 🙂 In case you haven’t been to a chicken show (over at least 50 breeds present), I highly recommend it. I marveled at how many different breeds there are! They are so beautiful, smart enough to get in so much trouble & stupid enough to do it! Best wishes & thanks for sharing your adventures!

    • Karen says:

      I have been to a chicken show Eva. 🙂 Well kind of. Fall fairs that have chicken competitions, so there are a fair amount of chickens but nothing too exotic. They’re fun! I’m hoping to get to another one this summer actually with a really big variety of chickens. 🙂 ~ karen!

  58. Linda in Illinois says:

    knowing nothing about chickens, how do you bring a strange chicken into a family of three that already know each other, and how do they get along, do chickens need to have space to get to know each other and what will you do if the three don’t accept Sweetie? Isn’t Josephine protective of the baby chicks when Sweetie comes along?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda. Josephine is protective of her chicks with allll the chickens in the coop. Not just Sweetie. 🙂 It’s much easier to integrate a chicken when you bring two into the flock because they have each other to lean on and there are two of them being picked on, not just one constantly. So it has been a bit of a struggle to integrate Sweetie, but it’s coming along. Basically you bring them into the coop area but keep them separated with hardware cloth or chicken wire so everyone can see everyone else and get accustomed to them for a week or so then you let them be together for a few minutes at a time until you’re sure they’re going to just fight a little bit, as opposed to kill each other. ~ karen!

  59. Shauna says:

    well, at least she’s cuddly

  60. Birgit says:

    Did you also get the Rooster to breed these lavender chicks?????

  61. Debbe Van Ness says:

    Yeowza. In the first picture you posed AFTER the picture you posted of your cut up fence, I saw no remorse. That little girl is going to be double trouble, all the while tangling up the strings of your heart. Well done! It will be an eventful and memorable ride. “Sweetie” suits her.

  62. Lori says:

    Yep…you’re in trouble. She’s precious!

  63. Jess says:

    Oh she’s absolutely stunning! Love her colors♥

  64. Magali says:

    She is beautiful and her remorse face is too funny!!

  65. Heather says:

    OMG, your percentages for cute things explains my puppy to a tee! We always have said that our Kaya-monster is 30% good and 70% bad, but your percentages are much more accurate! Although I might bump up the clown percentage to 2% and down on the devil monster percentage… just cause she is hilarious.

  66. Melissa Sakata says:

    OMGoodness! She is lovely! Looks just like my Rose! I have stumled across your blog, and I absolutely love it! So fun, entertaining and educational! Thanks for making me laugh!

    • Karen says:

      Welcome Melissa! Wait’ll you hang out for a while. I’m not the funny one, the commenters (my readers) are, lol. And yes she looks like Sweetie! Except Sweetie now has such big cheek feathers now that she can’t even see! Poor little thing, lol. ~ karen!

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