I pulled this photo out of the archives.
It just might be my favorite.
It's of Rod, of course,
in his younger days.
I get so many comments about Rod.
And yes his full name is Rod Stewart.
He just reminds me so much of Rod Stewart in the 80's,
when his hair was quite similar to this fellow's "do"!
You might remember that with April's batch of Cuckoo Maran chicks,
I received a surprise....Henri.
Henri, who has become Henri-ette.
You see, what I thought was another Polish crested rooster,
is quite possibly a hen.
No crowing heard, no spurs on his legs....
so, I guess he is a she.
Henriette has grown into another interesting bird...
Unlike the photo of Rod, above,
it appears that Henriette is a bit sight-challenged.
I have never seen eyes....they are well hidden beneath a lovely
"chapeau" of feathers.
I think that might be the reason why Henriette usually
hangs out beneath the maple tree next to her house...
from predators in the sky
(which she wouldn't in a million years see!)
What she doesn't realize, though, is just how safe she is.
Besides being right next to the barn,
she is well protected from predators of any type by this fellow...
Don't let the innocent face fool you, though.
This fellow is a menace!
Besides being an excellent hunter,
he can bust through any screen door in a matter of moments.
(I know....I've re-screened three doors so far... and keep a healthy
supply of screening on hand at all times!)
And of course, then there is Oakley...
Oakley is a great hunter and an all around great dog.
Together, these two fellows are an awesome team,
with endless energy and enthusiasm...
not to mention, my constant outdoor companions.
(Did I mention they sleep on their beds at the foot of ours...
yes, they are house dogs, too.)
It seems that Polish crested chickens are the "surprise" chick of the year.
The batch of chicks that arrived in July also has a crested chicken amongst them.
Meet Louie (who knows, maybe Louisa)
Louie Louie....(you know the rest of the lyrics!)
Louie cracks me up...
check out that scowl on his/her face!
By the way, sometimes Sammy works so hard,
he has to hitch a ride home...
Poor, poor Sammy!
It's hard work keeping all these critters safe from harm,