|Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in front, directly behind her is Edith,|
and the Pheasant Sisters are the two on the left and in the way back.
Edith is her sidekick and the broody one...she's more skittish.
The Pheasant Sisters want nothing to do with humans and are very fast runners. They get panicked easily and squawk up a fury. They are never far apart.
All of them co-exist very peacefully with the dogs and cats. Finch will occasionally try to chase one if it's already running, but they usually just stop and look at her until she veers away.
I was getting 4 eggs a day (I ate a lot of egg salad), but the girls quickly caught on and moved their communal nest. For a while it stayed in the barn...in one stall, then the next, under the stairs, behind the hay...but now I can't find it.
I went to look in the coop tonight to see if they started laying back in there (nope) and saw that there were only 3 sleeping chickens. Edith was nowhere to be seen.
I figured she was either brooding on the nest in a mystery location or that something had gotten her. Hoping that it was the first, I grabbed a flashlight and started prowling around checking the likely places. It doesn't help that Edith is juuuuuust the right color combination of grey and brown that she blends in with everything.
I had given up and thought glumly that she had been eaten by something, so I went to close the screen door on the coop...I don't normally shut them in but I figured if a chicken-killer was around that I'd feel better if they were safely inside.
I happened to glance up at the top of the door because I couldn't remember how I had latched it open. Then I shrieked and leapt backward.