Dolly, our year old Lavender Silkie Bantam, was purchased as pullet last Fall from a farm in Cotuit. She turned one in May and is one of the sweetest chickens that we own.
Immediately, when she was integrated into the flock, Chocolate, our rooster, took a liking to her. They were always together. However, prior to that, Tilly was his girl and she was now replaced by this fluffy little beauty. Tilly’s feelings were hurt and she started to dislike Dolly. Since then, Chocolate has been rehomed, but Tilly still holds her grudge against Dolly. Dolly on the other hand, just avoids Tilly and her life is without conflict.
Dolly is at the top of the Sikie pecking order, which put her in the middle of the order between the 8 girls. She commands the attention of our other Silkies; Feathers, Fifi and Autumn. She can be assertive when necessary and can be found bossing the other Silkies around.
She also loves to be broody. As Silkies are prone to broodiness, so is Dolly. It seems as though her broody cycles will break for a bit. Then she will lay two weeks worth of eggs, and return to being broody. We actually allowed her to hatch her own clutch of eggs this past early Spring. She made a fantastic mother and successfully hatched 7 out of her 8 fertilized eggs. If you would like to read about Dolly’s adventures in motherhood, it begins here.
She is also incredibly smart. She knows her name. She even understands when I even give her little commands. She also comes when I call her. She is a lovable girl with a soft spot for motherhood, making her one of my favorite girls.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest