Just over a week ago I acquired two new hens. They are Maran crossed with a Jersey Giant cockerel (I know he sounds like an American Baseball player or similar!). Anyway a neighbour had a surplus of hens and I wanted to increase the flock with some young birds. I was down to 7 hens due to some recent loses and the youngest was 6 years old (oldest about 10). Egg production had understandably dropped due to the age of the hens. I don't need many eggs but it's nice to have a few a week. I knew the two that were intermittently laying would stop over Winter so now seemed a good time to get some young stock.
So I welcomed these two new hens, but what to name then. Well they have black feathers with a beautiful greenish tinge, and bright red combs. They were not unlike my Shetland Black cross that I had named Tallulah as she looked like a showgirl in a 1920s/30s speakeasy in Chicago, so I decided on similar names - hence Dolores and Lola! Now I have THREE showgirls!