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Poultry passion

"Country view" asks you to address subjects on which you are the expert. This month you share your poultry stories.
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Pet chicken

Meet Phyllis Diller. Phyllis is a six-month-old White Polish hen. Polish chickens are an old European breed with a knot of feathers on their head.
Polish chickens lay white eggs, and are not broody. They weigh 4.5-6 pounds. They have a “V” shaped comb, and are used mostly for showing or pets.
Phyllis came in a box of 25 assorted heavy breed chick. She was a bonus fancy chick. From the beginning she was easy to distinguish from the others. As a chick the feathers on her head resembled a wide mohawk hairdo.
Phyllis lived in the coop with seven larger Dominique hens. This arrangement was fine when they were chicks, but as the Dominiques grew, they began to bully Phyllis. They especially enjoyed picking at her bouffant hairdo and her feet. The protrusion of feathers on Phyllis' head blocks her vision and limited ability to escape the Dominiques.
Phyllis is allowed the run of the barn. She enjoys perching high up in the barn rafters and hay. Her blocked vision makes her easy to catch and pet. She is content not being a victim of the pecking order.
I can envision Phyllis sitting in the rafters above the Dominiques with a cigarette holder in her craw, cackling out the one-liners: “Have you heard the one about…”
Ellen Allwood, Dunbarton, NH

Date Published: April 13, 2012
Date Updated: May 1, 2012

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