Friday, September 14, 2012

Feathered Friend Friday

Welcome to our series "Feathered Friend Friday." Every Friday I write a post with interesting facts, photos, or funny stories about our chickens and guineas. If you need to catch up, you'll find all the Feathered Friend Friday posts here 

I have a confession to make. I love chicken butts!

They are big, soft, fluffy and beautiful.

Turns out, there is a reason for all that fluff. When a pullet is mature and starts laying eggs, her fluff really starts to grow and get thick. This is in preparation for motherhood as newborn chicks stay under their mother's bottom to keep warm until they get their own feathers.

Our new pullets just started to lay within the last month, so their fluff is at maximum capacity! They look so good all feathered out with big, fluffy bottoms. I think they're getting tired of me patting their butts, but I can't help it!


This post is linked up to Coop Hop #2.


  1. Hi there, I've just stumbled upon your girls and their fluffy bums! I have 5 chooks too so can appreciate their fluff. Reading your other chook related posts I'm so glad that we don't have to worry about predators in NZ. S:)

    1. Hi Sally! Happy to hear from a fellow chicken lover :)

      I just checked out your blog and I love it! Your art is great - I especially love your pouches :)

  2. Your chicken's butts are lovely! I call them "bloomers."
    ~Blessings / Becky@ Step Into Our Garden

    1. Why thank you! I think I'll have to call them bloomers from now on; I love that!

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