Blackie: One In A Hundred-In More Ways Than One
“Blackie”: One In A Hundred—In More Ways Than One
“Blackie” as my grandsons and I called her, was the only Black Pearl pullet in a pen of 100. The other 99 were Golden Nuggets. Though all 100 pullets were hatched and raised together from day one, she really was ‘one in a hundred’ but not just because of her color and breeding. She also had a very different personality and responded and interacted with us differently from all the others.
Perhaps it was because she was “different” and was ostracized and harassed by all the other pullets. Perhaps it had something to do with her breeding, but she bonded and interacted with us differently from the other 99. At every feeding as we scattered the feed, all the other pullets would scramble and fight for the pellets as we slung them out, but Blackie would only follow us, right at our feet, until we led her away and fed her out of our hand. I have raised a lot of chickens in my life, but I have never seen a chicken that seemed to show a sense of gratitude and a desire to show affection like Blackie did. Though she was surrounded by 99 others, it seemed she felt all alone and looked forward to spending time with us as she ate.