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Italians, Speckled, Buffed, & More

Italian Lady & Mr. Peach

Italian Lady & Mr. Peach

We got new chickens. We had lost most of our chickens to predators – mostly dogs (whether strays or the neighbors’,  we don’t know). That was almost 4 months ago. Through Freecycle, we met D. who was downsizing her flock for several reasons, including the latest forest fires threatening homes in northern NM. If pushed to evacuate, she would not be able to take all of them. So, over the course of two trips, we brought these ladies and a few more home (thanks D.!). I don’t have them all pictured here.

Hermione in a laying box.

Hermione in a laying box.

They all came with names, but I don’t remember all of them. The smallest of the flock are these two Italian ladies. They are named after two lady characters on the TV show The Sopranos. I believe the breed is Buttercups, so named for the comb on their heads. It looks like a little hat to me (instead of a mohawk) but I guess it could also resemble a buttercup flower. They are almost always hanging out together. They especially love rooting through the underbrush of the choke cherries and wild plums. They are just a little bigger than our roosters.

One gives us a good size white egg every other day and the other likes to hide her eggs. We recently found a stash under the front porch! Sometimes she lays in the hen house and her eggs are about 3/4 the size of her sister’s.

This chicken grumbles a lot.

This chicken grumbles a lot.

Hermione is a gregarious bird, sometimes allowing me to pet her. She is one of the prettiest hens I have ever seen. I remembered her name easily as my great grandmother was also named Hermione (french pronunciation). I believe she is a speckled Sussex. She is a good layer and people friendly. We also now have some fluffy footed chickens – yep, feathers on their feet. It’s suppose to keep their feet warm in cold weather. We’ll see if they are out and about more in the winter over the other chickens. I think they are Cochin chickens.

Buffy (the light one) & friends.

Buffy (the light one) & friends.

We now have 2 barred Plymouth Rock hens, and then one bred, hatched, and raised here on the farm hen that looks remarkably like a barred Plymouth rock. One of the new ladies is very gregarious, always chuckling to herself, etc. She also calls down the alarm daily, for no apparent reason. Our local barred hen, aka Speckled Hen, is the capable of getting into the freezer room and eating the dry catfood. She survived the dog attack earlier this year.

A hen strutting around on hay.

A hen strutting around on hay.

I think two of the ladies are Rhode Island reds and one is a Buff Orpington (known as Buffy the vampire slayer!). We still have one Araucana lady (hooray for green eggs!) and our two little Cornish Gamecocks, Mr. Peach & Mr. Berry. Mr. Peach is another farm chicken, bred and hatched here. He is a mix between a Cornish Gamehen and a local Abiquiu white rooster.

I’m sure I forgot a few ladies, bat as they can’t read, I don’t they will be lining up to pluck my eyes from my head. Not today anyway.



Do you see a chicken head?

Do you see a chicken head?





One of the Italian Ladies in the choke cherries.

One of the Italian Ladies in the choke cherries.




  1. very beautiful chickens ! do you sell the eggs ?
    where are you located ?

    • Thanks! At this time we only have 13 ladies, so we have between 2-3 dozen eggs per week (as some are laid in secret undisclosed locations), so we aren’t selling at this time. Perhaps next year. We’re just north of Ojo Caliente.

  2. What a bunch of cuties! Do you have any pics of those green eggs? I’ve never seen that.

    • Here is the link to another post about our chickens. The very last pic is of eggs and you can see the green ones are a pale green. We now have some ladies that give us a very dark brown eggs, but you can get the idea of the variety in this photo:

      • Thanks! I seriously wish I lived with you guys. Your farm sounds so lively with all of those personalities around. Sorry that Lord Kluck Kluck is no longer among us 😦

      • Sometimes I miss him too, even though he left bruises and 1 tiny scar.

  3. Deb

    Great to see the ladies in such a happy place! Hermione was one of my favorites too.
    The little ones are sicilian buttercups. I discovered they are a rather rare breed, amd very pretty little hens too. My little pullets are jist starting to lay now.
    Thanks for the pics and taking such good care of the girls!

    • Thank you so much once again for the hens. We have been quite happy with them (both in eggs and entertainment) and I believe they are quite happy here too.

  4. Did you name Hermione after your great-grandma, Harry’s friend or did she just look like a Hermione – oh! Maybe that was already her name and it’s too hard to teach her to come to a new name??? Yes, I’m back!

    • She came with that name, and was named after the Harry Potter character by her previous owner. Hooray that you are back to computerland!

      • Me

        Did you name ” Lord Kluck Kluck ” after Lord Voldemort? You already have Hermione, so why not? Or was that just a cool name? Because I think it is a very cool, chicken-ey name and it seems fit for a chicken-king. 🙂 :3

      • Lord Kluck Kluck was evil to humans and I have the scars to prove it. Unfortunately, he passed away a few years back. Strangest thing – not a mark on him. Just fond him dead one morning. Should I suspect a curse? 😉

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