Our hens seem to be little charming magnets whenever family, friends or neighbors come over to visit. Questions abound about their eggs, whether they’re friendly and how we came to keep chickens. I’m always happy to share our story and tout how sweet and funny they are. I think we have about 5-7 kids in our neighborhood dreaming about having their own chickens.
My daughter and I love feeding them yummy snacks. Some of their most coveted treats from the kitchen include old bananas, apple cores, melon rinds, soft tomatoes, lettuce and carrot tops. My daughter likes to help in the kitchen and she used her culinary know-how to concoct a tongue-in-cheek chicken salad.
Our Silkies often get compared to bunnies, and although their noses don’t wiggle, they do hop from time to time, usually to reach a flower or leaf just out of reach. Otherwise, they have almost no vertical ability. They are soft like a rabbit and don’t mind being held for some time, as long as their wings are held securely. Their feathers don’t have the typical barbs, which gives them a fluffy look and a super soft touch.