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Saturday, 14 April 2018

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Harriet

Your poor girls. I've gone through this exact experience of introducing new hens with similarly unhappy results. Hens are the most ghastly bullies. Hope yours settle down soon. It took mine months though you won't want to hear this.

lethe

Go Frosty! Don't let Daisy and Fluffy bully you!

Poor Speckle, I hope Frosty can protect her a bit.

Helen

It's always horrible, isn't it, Harriet? I feel so mean for putting them in there. But today they've all been taking dust baths - not exactly together, but still. Daisy continues her little dashes at them, but otherwise they seem to be settling down.

Months! Aargh! We've done this a few times and luckily it's always been a couple of days. But you never know.

Heh, lethe, that's what we've been shouting! But it is much better now. And Speckle is herself now perpetuating the system by chasing every pigeon that pops into the run for a bit of free food and water.

Stefanie

Speckle and Frosty got a real warm welcome. Speckle is really pretty. My poor Elinor is now nicknamed Baldy. Mrs. Dashwood is the culprit. Whatever argument they are having has been going on for weeks now. How old are the new hens?

Helen

Oh poor Elinor! I hope that that sorts itself out soon. It's so upsetting when they're mean to each other. Is Mrs D eating the feathers? If so there may be more to it than a power struggle.

Speckle and Frosty were 22 weeks old when we got them (from a nice man called Jan Kiek which roughly translates as John Chook) (I don't think that's his real name though).

lethe

I'm not sure that Kiek means "chicken". I always associate it with the dialect form of "kijk" ("look"), from the verb "kieken". The noun "kieken" means chicken, though.

Some trivia: there was a well-known Dutch 19th-century photographer named Kiek. His name lives on in the so-called "kiekjes", "snapshots" in English. See here :)

lethe

My hyperlink didn't come through. Hopefully this works:

http://journal.depthoffield.eu/vol01/nr01/f02nl/nl

Helen

Oops, well, you would know better than I! I thought it was a shortened form of the dialect 'kieken', so uber-dialect if you like. 'Chook' seemed a dialect form of 'chicken' which approximated to it. But perhaps I'll remove that sentence, I don't want to mislead anyone. :)

Nice trivia!

Helen

The link is really interesting, thank you!

I always forget how early photography started, I tend to think of it as being much later in the nineteenth century.

lethe

I know what you mean. Many portraits from the mid- to late 19th century look so static that it seems photography was only in its "kinderschoenen" then. But even as early as the 1840s, some photographs show great creativity. In this review I posted one of my favourites: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1720613865

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