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My plan to have a perfectly homogenous little flock of Golden Laced Wyandottes was foiled the day the chicks arrived. My friend Stephanie ordered a smattering of all kinds of different birds, which arrived in the same box as ours, and she noticed that Adrian fell in love with one of her yellow Buff Orpington chicks. She asked if she could give it to Adrian.

“Oh ALL RIGHT,” I said in defeat.

 Now, we had a perfectly homogenous little flock of Golden Laced Wyandottes AND “Buttercup.”  

Buttercup as a chick Huckleberrying with Buttercup

Because all the other chicks looked exactly alike, and perhaps because blondes do have more fun, Buttercup got a lot of attention from Adrian. When she got older, he tucked her under his arm and went for walks in the forest with her, occasionally stopping to feed her huckleberries.

I don’t share Adrian’s passion for Buttercup because she once pecked me right in the eyeball. She’s been on my personal “butcher” list ever since.