Estelle may be the smallest chicken on the farm but she has the biggest personality. We call her the neighborhood busybody — she knows what everyone is doing and insists on being right beside us (even if it means breaking out of the pasture) to “help” with chores. She hops into the feed buckets at suppertime, rides in the gator, teases the cats, follows each goat into their stall at bedtime and waits at the back gate if we dare to go indoors.
Estelle was born with a cross beak, which means the top and bottom of her beak don’t line up just right. She needs a few accommodations for food and water but, otherwise, she pecks, scratches and dustbathes just like the other chickens (though she’d prefer to be snuggled up on the couch, under a blanket, with her favorite humans).