Hello Doodlepip, my name is Florence and I live with four other ladies at Cosy Cottage Coop. We have a 2-legged called Clare, who feeds and cleans us, and she informed us of your excellent blog and that you might be interested in hearing from us (we are pekin bantams). Here are our answers to your interview.
Very kind regards
Florence, Dottie, Mabel, Ava and Jemima
1] Your Name?
2] What do you call your 2-leggeds?
Our main one is called Clare. Jemima calls her a servant (she does feed and clean us), Mabel says she is Mother Hen and Ava says she’s Head of the Pecking Order. An older couple also visit us most days and give us more treats. Jemima, who knows everything, thinks they are Clare’s parents. She thinks all 2-leggeds are there to look after us and serve us.
3] What species of animal are you?
Hen. (Pekin bantam).
4] What colour/s are you [if applicable]
A beautiful shade of golden brown. The other girls are black, black speckled, white and brown speckled. I am the nicest colour of course.
5] How old Are You?
Two years old.
6] Do you live inside or outside and more importantly – do you run your household or share in the decisions?
I live outside in a blue coop with four friends, Jemima, Ava, Dottie and Mabel. We share in the decisions and have alternate leaders, usually Jemima as she is the oldest and biggest. Dottie would like to be full-time leader though, she’s very bossy.
7] Have you always lived with your 2 – leggeds [as in from young]
I was brought up on a farm with Dottie and Jemima and lots of other girls. The two-leggeds came to feed us. We often got other two-leggeds coming just to stare at us, have they never seen a chicken before?
8] Do you deliberately play up at times, just to annoy or worry the 2 leggeds?
We shout when we want mealworms, corn or to go out of the coop into our garden. Our two-legged is worried about us being too noisy so it’s a good strategy, keeps her on her toes! Ha, ha!
9] Do you have a bed or a favourite sleeping place?
We love sleeping on the top level of our bunk house. It feels lovely and secure up at the top and we keep each other warm.
10] Are you always with your 2-leggeds or do you sometimes need ‘Time out?’
We do our own thing, mostly. Clare comes and lets us out and gives us food. We love it when she dishes out the mealworms but we don’t like it when she closes us back in the coop.
11] Do your 2 leggeds make you ‘dress up?’ If so, when or what for and do you enjoy it?
What?? We have pretty feather coats. We don’t need anything else!
12] Are you photogenic or make them run after you to capture you on film?
We are all photogenic but it’s funny to move off when we see our 2-legged try and take a photo of us. Especially when she tries to get all five of us in the photo! Hilarious!
13] Do you have a friendly vet?
I have never seen one of those but Dottie had an ordeal. She went to a vet last year when she was poorly. She said he tried to force feed her, which our two-legged then tried to do. Dottie was glad to get better and says she never wants to go back there! I’m not surprised!
14] Do you have any favourite toys?
As long as we have the great outdoors and lots of treats we don’t need such things.
15] What would be a really great day for you?
To be out all day in the sun, dust bathing in the mud, digging around, eating lots of worms. Clare would keep digging to freshen up the soil and feed us corn.
16] If you could say anything to your 2 leggeds what would it be?
More worms please! And more corn!
17] Where abouts in the world do you live?
18] How often and for how long do you engage in playtime or exercise?
Every day we go out to explore our garden for worms and grubs.
19] Do you do lots of adventuring when out and about?
Not as much as Mabel who wants to go further afield. The gate stops her though. The rest of us are quite content with rummaging around our garden but she always has her greedy eye on what else she can eat. She says there are more greens to eat out there.
20] Do your 2 leggeds allow you to interact with other animals?
No, apparently the two brown and white monsters who peep in at us at the other side of the fence and shout loudly are nasty and will hurt us. And the two-leggeds are scared we might peck the small furry creatures who live indoors. They have shiny black currant eyes.
22] Are you ever awarded free reign, as in unsupervised playtime?
Yes, it’s wonderful!
23] Have your 2 leggeds ever embarrassed you? If so how?
Talking boring gibberish to us. ‘Hello ladies, blah blah…’ She doesn’t know how to hold a proper chicken conversation. We ignore her, unless she opens the door to the place where the corn is, then we follow her.
24] Do your 2-leggeds expect you to entertain them at all and/or do they entertain you?
I don’t know about entertaining but they give us treats and then they collect our eggs. A fair deal. We don’t lay eggs every day as they are superior petite eggs of a fine quality. I think the 2-leggeds are very lucky to have us and our top quality eggs.
26] Are you a much loved member of the family?
Of course, we are all very lovable! My fellow bantams are my number one family though.
27] Do your 2 leggeds take you away on holidays with them?
No, we have other 2-leggeds – the older couple – who come and look after us. They give us corn and treats so we like them.
28] Are you given treats? What are your favourites?
Ooh, me and the girls love treats. Worms, corn, spring greens, porridge and so on…
29] Are you fed a nutritional and well-rounded balanced diet? Tell us about it.
We eat grain every day, it’s a little boring but it’s good for us. Jemima says we should eat it so we will be strong and lay quality eggs.
30] Are you allowed to sample your 2 leggeds food or is it something you have no interest for?
They give us porridge, it used to be wet and squashy and we would have to wipe our beaks clean as it would stick everywhere. Very annoying for well groomed ladies like ourselves! Now they throw dry oats on the ground for us to pick up.
Finally, in your own words tell us something about both you and your 2 leggeds that the questions haven’t touched on or asked about – something unique
I used to be scared of everything when I first arrived at Cosy Cottage, everything scared me, even Dottie and Jemima! Now I’m much more confident and I’ve even been head of the pecking order a couple of times!
Florence, Jemima and Dottie
My special thanks toflorence, Dottie, Mabel, Ava and Jemima and also their 2legged Clare for taking the time out of their busy day to tell us a little about themselves by answering the Petz Interview questions.
Well l have to be honest with you Florence … l do not have a lot of experience with Chickens, although l did interview yesterday one of my Arch enemies Mr Pesky which l will paw about later on in a new series. That interview went pretty well, and l have a renewed respect for feathery animals, which dad says are birds. you are feathery, therefore you are birds, chickens are birds. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your answers and am now a little bit wiser.
I thoroughly enjoyed your interview Florence and can see that you were an ideal candidate for speaking for the others, which l know to be an excellent leadership quality. However if you are the youngest at 2, there might be some opposition, but and yet you still have been made the alternate leader of your clan at times so that is excellent news also.
For readers of Florence and the girls interview, if you are as of yet not fully familiar with Clare and her blog my advice is to take a stroll across to visit it after this interview. Many a time Florence and the clan are indeed topical posts created by Clare.
If you are interested in purrticipaing in the Petz Interviews please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and l will email you back with the questionnaire.
Thank you so much!
Scrappy Doodlepip and the Just Bloke Guy Aka Dad!