Blackheart (Afternoon Open Thread)

Here’s Joan Jett, the boss hen (and my pal Ravenclaw the Red, who appears to be popping out of JJ’s breast, “Alien”-style):

Joan Jett the Hen

JJ is nice to humans, but she’s pretty mean to her fellow fowl. I mentioned her bullying ways once before, and some of you gently admonished me, saying that JJ was being firm, not a bully. Well, maybe. All I know is I’m glad I don’t have a red comb or neck dooley-bobs for her to pull!

Open thread.

27 replies
  1. 1
    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    Oh no, they can be bullies. They’ll sometimes kill other chickens if the other is far enough down the pecking order.

  2. 2
    jeffreyw says:

    Credit score link?

  3. 3
    jeffreyw says:

    Is this linky thing on my machine? Credit scores?

  4. 4
    WereBear says:

    They are essentially dinosaurs. The “social” part is a thin veneer.

  5. 5
    quannlace says:

    Uhh, looking at all that lush Florida greenery. It’s 24 degrees here right now.

  6. 6
    Betty Cracker says:

    @jeffreyw: I don’t see a link. Where do you see it?

  7. 7
    jeffreyw says:

    coupon companion firefox plugin/addon, no fucking idea where I picked that thing up. jeebus

  8. 8
    Betty Cracker says:

    @quannlace: 72 here. I’m wearing a jacket against the chill!

  9. 9
    jeffreyw says:

    I downloaded some software and didn’t read the eulas closely enough, those bastards.

  10. 10
    Maude says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    We’re at 11 here in NJ.
    I would say something very unpleasant to you, but I’m a good girl.
    Oh, and it’s very windy.
    Up to 35 Monday.

    ETA I lived around the corner from friends with chickens as a kid. Some were nice, some would peck your ankles.

  11. 11
    Maude says:

    Next time you tell them to read those EULAs.

  12. 12
    Betty Cracker says:

    @Maude: There are some compensations for living in a giant snake-infested swamp populated by lunatics. Stay warm!

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    bemused says:

    Boss hen is beautiful but does look very intimidating.

    Our two kitties were sitting together on the window ledge inside were having a stare down with a deer at our bird feeders outside not ten feet away. I wish I had had my camera handy. The kitties moved just a little and that was enough to scare the deer off.

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    gogol's wife says:

    Love those chickens.

    It is damn cold here in CT today. I guess Al Gore is fat.

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    trollhattan says:

    Professional (as in well-compensated to be so) climate sorta-denialist Bjorn Lomborg is still practicing his craft, this time in the always reliable WSJ.

    As for one of the favorites of alarmism, hurricanes in recent years don’t indicate that storms are getting worse. Measured by total energy (Accumulated Cyclone Energy), hurricane activity is at a low not encountered since the 1970s. The U.S. is currently experiencing the longest absence of severe landfall hurricanes in over a century—the last Category 3 or stronger storm was Wilma, more than seven years ago.

    You Sandy “victims” are just sissies, because your storm was Category nuttin’.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    I mentioned her bullying ways once before

    To be a basenji in my house is to be harassed 24 hours a day by top basenji, and chairman of the committee on un-basenji-like activities, Shiva. 14 years old and still the bossiest creature on god’s green earth.

  17. 17

    I love that you have a hen named Joan Jett. Ha!

  18. 18
    Yutsano says:


    Australop chickie RULZ!!

  19. 19
    Betty Cracker says:

    @Yutsano: The Australorps are so gorgeous — I wish my crappy phone camera could capture the iridescent quality of their feathers. I’ll have to have them all sit for a formal portrait someday…

  20. 20
    Tlazolteotl says:

    neck dooley-bobs

    also known as wattles

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Tlazolteotl: But neck dooley bobs has so much more charm than the technical name. Australorps are gorgeous in their iridesecense. Boss hens iz mean. But you know that.

    Oh, and snake infested pit populated with lunatics as a home state is the price you pay for warm winters. But you know that too.

  22. 22
    Ohmmade says:

    Be careful of your soil. Test for lead. A lot of urban and suburban chicken eggs are known to carry unhealthy amounts of lead.

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    jp7505a says:

    Poor Sen. Johnson of Wisconson. Yetserday Hillary handed him his but and today John Kerry handed him his head. Seems Sen. Johnson was complaining at the confirmation hearings that he had many questions about what happened in Bengahzi. Kerry asked him if he had atteneded the intel. briefing with the video tapes. The good sentaor said no he hadn’t. To which Sen. Kerry suggested he tart attending the meetings.
    ‘Kerry: I think it was very clear… were you at the briefing with the tapes?
    Johnson: No.
    Kerry: Well, there was a briefing with tapes, which we all saw—those of us who went to it—uh, which made it crystal clear. We sat for several hours with our intel folks, who described to us precisely what we were seeing. We saw all of the events unfold. We had a very complete and detailed description.’

    Maybe one of your chickens could give Sen. Johnson some help

  24. 24
    Ruckus says:

    Maybe one of your chickens could give Sen. Johnson some help

    Only if the chicken could peck out his shriveled little brain.
    Oh wait that would help the rest of us.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    72 here. I’m wearing a jacket against the chill!

    Why? Is Dementor Governor Scott in the neighborhood?

    BTW, Joan has nothing on Secretary Clinton.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Betty Cracker: My parents have an Australorp rooster. He would be absolutely gawjuss if the border collie didn’t keep pulling out his tail feathers. Poor bird.

  27. 27
    joel hanes says:


    Maybe one of your chickens could give Sen. Johnson some help


    Personally, I think Sen. Johnson is doing a splendid job of representing his party and his ilk.

    Proceed, Senator

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