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Dora, our  blonde cochin chicken, is named after Dora Spenlow,  one of Dicken’s characters in David Copperfield. She is  pretty like fair-headed Dora, just as ditzy,  childlike and unable to cope with the everyday responsibilities of an adult.  From day one, the blonde bombshell of our chickendom exhibited some of those doraesque traits so we had felt that name was truly befitting her. Or so we thought.

With the other chickens taking cover from the recent downpour, Dora seems to be oblivious that it’s raining cats and dogs.  She was the only one out in the rain, seemingly rather clueless about taking any other course of action. Doesn’t she have the sense to come out of the rain, we asked?

As another blonde, but of the human kind, remarked:  “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” — Dolly Parton

Maybe Dora has more of a philosophical vein than her other feathered companions, knowing that this is something she has to go through to get to the other side, the rainbow, and seems to be enjoying the process and the present state of things.

Maybe Dora is not so dumb after all.  After all, maybe somewhere in that little chicken brain, she knows the truth of what comes after the rain. And, because of that innate chicken wisdom, maybe Dora proves, once again, that blondes really do have more fun!

Care to share your favorite chicken(s) personality of your flock?


  1. Lindsay Barrett says:

    Love it! Our backyard gals are Rhode Island Reds and they have been out poking around for worms through all these crazy storms we’ve been having! I love to see them out there not giving a hoot!

    • Anais says:

      @Lindsay Barrett: Aren’t they soooo entertaining to watch! Who needs cable when you have chickens?

      • Lindsay Barrett says:

        @Anais, Amen! We got rid of our cable, the chickens are great entertainment!

  2. Magdalena says:

    What an apt name for a silly hen! I just finished rereading that book! We had three pet hens a few years ago – Penny, Ginger and Jet. All of them lovely, fun girls. My suburban bred husband did not have high expectations of the hens, but it took no time at all for him to tame them into riding on his shoulders. He would open the back door into the cellar and they would come in to visit while he stoked the woodstove or stacked wood. They would take turns coming upstairs for a treat, and he was so amused by the way they would purr and cluck in his ear. We are looking forward to having hens again this year. When we moved, the girls went to live on friend’s farm, but alas, they are long gone now!

    • Anais says:

      @Magdalena: What a great chicken story! Certainly made me smile to picture a hen perching on your husband shoulders “overseeing” his chores. LOL Ah, how you must miss them, but I am sure the fond memories keep you company. Sounds like they went to a good home though… must be having LOADS of fun. 😉

  3. Dawn Mathews says:

    By far, my favorite chicken is Valentine. We call her this because when we got the chickens they had been debeaked and our 10 year old noticed that Valentine’s beak looked like a heart from the front where they had cut it. This chicken will follow you everywhere. She comes to the front to push out of the chicken tractor when the door is opened because she wants to be held. She wants to be held so much I would surely get behind on the farm work. They each have their own personal characteristics so while I’m at it I’ll give a shout out to Maude, Helen of Troy, Victoria, JoDelle, Maggie, Maple, LaFawnda, and Suger as well. Beautiful girls with saucey spirits!

    • Anais says:

      @Dawn Mathews: Wow! How cool is that, a chicken that acts like a dog… or cat. Folks don’t give enough credit to chickens – different breed of birds I should say. Love the names of your chickens btw. Thanks for sharing with us stories about your “saucy spirits”

  4. Susan says:

    Hee hee – for your next year’s calendar, you can advertise that the month of June features a “cute blond chick” – and have a picture of Dora!

    • Anais says:

      @Susan: Great suggestion! Sexy chicken calendar coming up LOL

  5. Jeni says:

    I agree I love watching my chickens…I posted this before, but with our new baby chicks we have I totally have one that resembles your dear Clementine! I had to and I hope its ok name her Clementine Jr. she cracks me up so much!!!

    I can and will change her name if that is not acceptable to you guys.

    I love watching my gals out in the yard especially our ducks we got last year they are so funny to watch waddle across the yard and sometimes even think they are like the chickens. Who needs cable when you have animals! lol

    • Anais says:

      @Jeni: Clementine would very well indeed honored! She actually has a couple chickens named in her honor. Miss the girl but her memory certainly lives on. Thanks for sharing! 😉

  6. Bethany says:

    I have two Black Australorps that LOVE the rain. There have been times here in Minnesota that I have actually went and brought them in out of the rain because the storms have been so bad. The hens were raised with a handful of ducks, and I always figured since the ducks never were far from the water, they didn’t know the difference either.

  7. Samara says:

    Good to know I haven’t got the only two girls who insist on working the craziest of weather!

    • Anais says:

      @Samara: Chickens can be CRAZY! LOL

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