Now before you get your knickers in a twist, let me explain.
I was checking for lice around Vera's vent
and she smiled at me, so I took a photo.
My camera is sort of grafted to my hand
and it was blogger's reflex...I swear!
If you sort of squint, it looks like she has teeth. *chuckle*
Actually this post is a bit of an experiment.
I have been watching my blog stats
and I notice that an old post (Hazel hates herbicide)
has had the most hits and following very close behind
is the post I put up earlier this month with the title:
It made me wonder if it is the title
that somehow draws people who follow
but only go past the title if it tweaks their interest,
or perhaps prompts those casual browsers to take a better look.
Maybe it pings the search engines.
Anyway, I decided to be a bit naughty with my title today
to see what happens.
The title is misleading anyhow.
Chickens don't have vaginas...
the multi purpose opening or vent
is actually called the cloaca.
I love the way that word rolls off the tongue.
If you have a few minutes this video
about a cloaca is hysterical.
As I was examining Vera for lice,
I noticed all the different feathers she has.
I know a few of you love your hen's fluffy bums.
When you spread these feathers
the shafts are tufted all the way to the skin...
they look like those fat pipe cleaners.
The flight feathers on their wings are just gorgeous
and are supported by smaller feathers.
These are the feathers on Vera's back...
see how they are outlined and fringed on the edges?
The feathers on her neck have a denser centre and finer ends too.
They are short near her head
and longer the further down her neck you go.
Vera is one of my favourites.
She has a lovely personality,
is friendly and placid and
is regularly laying little brown eggs.
If I am in the garden and feel a peck on my leg,
I know it is Vera letting me know she is there.
I can't resist a girl
with a beautiful smile.
(I must correct the mispost I made about the fox attack.
I did say Vera had been whisked away
but it was actually Charlotte...
Vera is clearly alive and well.)