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Date:12/24/2014 7:39:17 PM
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Stories of our Chickens: Molly and Connor

The picture in my profile features our "Original 6," 4 boys and 2 girls acquired from our 4-H club's Embryology project. They are Pearl-white Leghorn hybrids, the kind you would find on every white-egg producing farm in America. Eventually 3 of the boys were re-homed with my wonderful friend Theresa. The one who remains is named Connor. I think that's him sitting down on the far left.
The two girls we named Maeve and Molly. In the picture, Maeve is the hen sitting down on the left and Molly is more toward the right. They were both amazing egg layers. Although they are as sleek and streamlined as fashion models, Leghorn hens lay large to Jumbo-sized eggs.
Maeve was the smaller and gentler of the two. Unfortunately, she was also rather sickly. She prolapsed twice last winter. While recovering from the prolapse, she developed a nasty cough that turned out to be an allergy. Once we found a vet who recognized and treated the problem (Who knew chickens get allergies?) Molly returned to good health and egg laying. She was still laying consistently when a coon got her last May.

Molly, now 1 1/2 years old, is the smartest, funniest, and most curious of all the chickens. Her vaforite activity of anything is eating. She loves all kinds of food--fruits, vegetables, maggots, and anything else I can imagine.

Molly is the queen of the chicken shed. She is without a doubt Connor's special favorite, and has special privileges because of her status.

Whenever Connor finds any food, he Calls Molly over to it. He stands guard while she eats her fill, keeping predators and other chickens at bay. Only when Molly and her sidekick Edna have eaten, does Connor sample the food. Molly and Connor can be found cuddled up together on the perch at night.
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