August 16, 2010, 10:26 AM PDT
Even though they are not bugs, the Fuzzy Bottom Gals, Daniel’s three young hens, are among the most liked postings on the What’s That Bug? website, and there have been requests for updates, including from Lisa J. The gals are growing, and they are beginning to flex their wings. Amber, who seems to be low on the pecking order, actually flies the best, and she nearly cleared the chicken wire a few days ago. She got trapped in the door area and put up quite a squawk when Daniel put her back into the chicken run. The Gals love scratching around in the compost pile, searching for bugs and other tidbits. Daniel lets them out of the coop at least twice a day, and they especially like being out in the late afternoon. Their feathers are starting to come in more, though Amber still has a thin patch in front by her crop. The feathers were thin from the time Daniel brought the Gals home from Verdugo Pet Store on York Boulevard in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles last month.
The Gals have maintained their distinct personalities. Ginger is the most bold returning to the coop last, though Umber still tends to be the first out of the coop. Ginger has the most tail feathers, and Umber has no tail, looking the most like an Aracauna. Daniel suspects they may not be pure bred. The Gals love eating worms that are tossed their way when Daniel turns the dirt in the compost pile, and they also love the fleshy weeds that he tosses into the chicken run while weeding.