The Whisker Flowers
Now as per the Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats written by T.S Eliot, our cats generally have three names. First 'the name that the family uses daily', second 'the name that is peculiar and dignified' and the third 'the one that the cat himself knows'... and lots of nicknames! Here they are complete with their own allocated subspecies nomenclature:
Barischnikov Micheal i.e Felis catus var. smootchmonsterii
|Barischnikov with his beloved catnip|
He does believe himself the Baron of the House
Nicknames include: Swartkat (black cat), teddy bear and pudding face.
Mayet Pointers i.e Felis catus var. sol solis
|Mayet in a prime sunning spot|
Nicknames include: Mayeta - it's very Afrikaans to add an extra 'a' to an existing name, "poeppies" (for when she is in one of her pitiful modes J )
Asjas i.e Felis catus var. woesgattatus
|Asjas being -well- herself|
BTW don't be tempted to scratch cute spotted tummy
if you want to keep your limbs J
Nicknames include: Cutie (because she has her moments), Woessie, Asjassie, Snaaksie (diminutive of someone who is being 'silly')
Diesel i.e Felis catus var. squeakyi
|Diesel in another prime sunbathing spot|
Pssttt... don't tell Mayet!
Nicknames: Squeaky toy
|Slap-face and glares in the garden over catnip|
They did get each their own catnip,
Asjas almost-always interferes with Barischnikov's high...
The Feathered Flock
It seems that we finally have a stable flock with girls who will be around for a good long time - we had several changes due to ill chickens and extreme broodiness. The flock is made up of 1 indigenous chicken (Koekoek), 3 grey Leghorns and 5 red Hylines.
The High Rankers
These are the Leghorns, a light breed from Tuscany. The are the highest ranking members of the pecking order in the flock. The one with the largest comb (Kammetjie) is the 'flock manager' - because I am the boss chicken! J - and she leads the flock around the property. Then the fatter of the leghorns (Vettie) and the smallest one with the longest tail feathers (Stertjie) occupy the 2nd and 3rd positions. They are very striking with their regal looks.
Here Comes KoeKoeK!
AKA: The Enforcer. She is a indigenous Potchefstroom Koekoek and the only remaining member of our original flock from Jan 2012 when we first got chickens. She is bossy and a real bully that usually has someone by the head feathers (when promply 'I the Boss Chicken' shouts at her to stop the nonsense and I get the evil eye from her in return J). She is a heavy breed and stomps around the yard with the leghorns.
These are our 5 Hylines and they are awesome. They are happy bussy bodies that are super healthy, love scratching and are reliable layers that will lay even when the others stop (high or low temperatures). Each has slightly different plumage by which we identify them; a few black feathers (Blackie), equal white and red (Candy), very red (Nicole), very white (Blondie) & one black feather (Stripes).
The chickens are very amusing to watch and they can get up to all kinds of chicken antics. It is also nice to have extra animals on the yard that come running every time they see you hoping to get something yummy to peck up.
That concludes the furs and feathers of our yard. Be on the look out for them when you browse around the blog!
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