Chick Pick #6

This weeks' "Chick Pick" is Kessa a.k.a. big mouth, and a.k.a. comb-over (as you can see from the photos above). She is a very sweet girl, but boy is she loud. She absolutely loves to get all of the others riled up. If she can get all of her sisters and Clyde chanting at me then she is one happy hen.

Kessa is named for our little Cody, the cat that we lost to cancer last year. We had been told that we were purchasing a girl kitty, so her name became Kessa. It wasn't until I had brought Zach and Cody (not named after the television show that I've been told exists) to the vet to be spayed and neutered did we realize we had 2 boys on our hands. When the vet called me and said "um, you'll be paying for 2 cats to be neutered, not 1 spay and 1 neuter" is when I found out I was the proud mother of 2 boys.

Poor Cody. No wonder he looked at me funny when I called him Kessa. He knew that was a girls name and probably wondered how long it was going to take me to figure this out. So here we were, 2 boys and 1 had a girls name. Long story short we agreed on Cody. (For those of you who know how long it takes us to agree on an animals name, this was actually in record time)

So, Kessa (the hen) is named after my little boy Cody. She couldn't be more different. I obviously chose the wrong chicken to be his namesake. He was quiet and loved to be held. She is bold and doesn't want anything to do with being held. He was jealous of anyone who got near me. She could care less. If there's no treats in my hands then she wants nothing to do with me.

Kessa loves greens and will jump on or over any chicken in her way to get to them. She is not the biggest of the girls (Allie is), but she has, by far, the biggest personality. Funny, Lucy Lou started out with the loudest and most outgoing personality, but she's actually out-squawked by Ms. Kessa.

Kessa enjoys peace and quiet, and no humans or chickens in the coop when she's nesting. She doesn't hang around much after the egg has dropped either. She's in too much of a hurry. Something might be happening in the outdoor coop that she needs to supervise! Kessa will look right at you and yell out all of the events of the day. If you don't bend down and give her the attention that she deserves (her opinion) then she'll just get louder.

Despite her great lungs, she really is a good girl and I couldn't imagine life without her!

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