Bets the Hen

Meet Bets

By Erin Huffstetler | 06/15/2016 | 4 Comments
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This is Bets. She’s the newest addition to our flock. She came to live with us last Saturday.

As you may remember, we started our little backyard flock just over three years ago with five day-old Buff Orpingtons. Well, I’m sad to say we lost one of them a couple weeks back. It was a sad day for us, and it absolutely broke our hearts to see the other hens mourning her.

I figured it would be a while before we were able to replace her, but fate intervened. A few days after we lost our hen, my friend Cathy called to ask if I would be interested in taking in another hen. I told her possibly, but it would have to be the right fit.

We have a laid back flock, and I didn’t want to throw that off. Buff Orpingtons are just chill birds. They like children; they like to be held and petted; and they do well in the city.

Close Up of Brama Face

And as it turns out, so does Bets.

Bets is a Brahma, which is an heirloom breed with ties to Asia. Brahmas are known for being big birds with a calm temperament. They love to be held, and are often referred to as Gentle Giants. They’re good layers, too, and will even lay during the winter months. So, really, Brahmas have all the characteristics that we appreciate in our Buff Orpingtons – they just look quite a bit different.

Brahma Hen

We invited her for a visit last Saturday, and she ended up staying. Isn’t she gorgeous? Her feathers have a green iridescent quality. Very pretty.

Brahma Hen Feet

and she has fancy feathered-feet, too.

Brahma Hen Front Profile

Bet’s just turned one in May, so she’s about two years younger than the rest of our flock.

Flock

And I think her integration into the flock is going about as well as you could hope. One of our hens wasn’t too happy about the newcomer. She squawked about it almost continually for the first two days, but we haven’t had any feather pulling or other such mean girl activities. They’ll sometimes try to run her off, if they think she’s found something good to eat in the yard, but we were able to put her in the coop the first night, and that’s huge. We had expected that to take a few days.

Bets Sitting in Lap

So, it looks like we’ve found the perfect addition to our little flock. Bets is one sweet girl.

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Comments

  1. I had the joy of knowing Bets in her previous home. She is delightful and very smart. I am so glad she has found a new, loving home!

  2. Miss you Bets. I remember how you liked me to pick you your favorite grass. And sneak you extra goodies when Ginger was not looking. Will stop to see you if I am allowed. Ginger good job bringing up Bets and the girls

  3. Bets is very special…will always be much loved. She is sweet, loves attention and going for car rides! I’m glad she has a wonderful new loving family. Miss you Bets!

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