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Black n' Blue by KaiserFlames Black n' Blue by KaiserFlames
Meet the two newest additions to my flock, Guinness and Blue Moon! They are Copper Marans pullets (a black and a blue, respectively) and are two peas in a pod. They never leave eachother's sides and are quite adorable to watch. This was referenced from a photo taken a few weeks ago, and since then these two girls have plumped and fluffed up quite a bit! They are definitely happy gals.

Fun fact, you can make a mix drink variation on a Black and Tan with Guinness and substituting Blue Moon for the usual pale ale. It's called a Black and Blue and it's absolutely delicious, if beer is something you enjoy!

Photoshop CS5, Wacom Intuos3, Approx 1.5 hours
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macawnivore Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing digital painting! The feathers look so soft and fluffy.. Ah, this makes me miss my old backyard flock. I thought it was weird that I was proud of my handsome, red rooster. haha (didn't like his crowing though)
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KaiserFlames Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love mah chickens, even the roosters. Our coop is quite a ways away from the house, though, and the crowing is one of the main reasons why, haha. I'm glad I don't have neighbors on that side of the yard. :D

Thanks!
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TheGreatOmegaDragon Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and if you mix stout and british blackcurrant syrup or squash, its a guinness and black and since guinness is actually a dark red ruby colouring i think the name it suits it fine too :D

also would love to have chickens clucking around eating scraps and feed, if the landlord will allow it....?...
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KaiserFlames Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Bolynn Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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:icondracothrope:
Sweet! Are you living somewhere where you can keep quite a few hens? (I was recently checking into what it would take to keep a coop in our city, but the bylaws are such that I wouldn't be able to create one without breaking several. :C Super sad!)
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KaiserFlames Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That sucks a lot! :C  I live in the country and there are no ordinances that I can find related to chickens. Our house is also off of the main road enough that no one is really bothered by our birds. Our neighbors love the fresh eggs and compared to the guy that used to live here, we keep after the chickens very well maintained. You could try petitioning your area government to change things? Backyardchickens.com has lots of helpful info for doing that kind of thing.
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:icondracothrope:
I think that the bylaws here are fair, I'm just living just off of the downtown core, so the yards around the townhouses aren't large enough to accommodate proper coops -- we're allowed to keep up to four hens but the coops have to be 10 metres away from the house (and I think that 10 metres would put it right on the street! XD)

Being a chicken-mom would definitely make for good neighbours. One day I'd like to get into keeping a couple of hens as I love the idea of having pets who also produce eggs occasionally and can munch on bits of scraps -- though I think I'd have to do a lot more research as I'd much prefer chickens that don't mind being picked up now and again!
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KaiserFlames Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, that's a bummer. If you're ever looking to move, at least you know what you'd be looking for so that you can keep chickens!

As for friendly hens, I've found that easter eggers and orpingtons are downright cuddly. I've got an easter egger x orpington cross who will frequently perch on my to take naps, and an EE x white leghorn cross that has no problem when I decide to pick her up. White leghorns are very flighty birds, too, so I think a lot of things revolve around how you raise the birds. The more hands-on the better, I've found! I've heard that silkies are very friendly, too, though they're not as hardy being outside because their fluffy feathers don't insulate from water and temperature as well as normal feathers do.

If you ever need advice feel free to ask! I'm no expert, but I want to learn as much as possible and new things to look into are always welcome. :3
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