Big bad Basil and her good egg

You could not, with a straight face, say that Basil is a small hen.

Damian Clarke
Nov 14 · 1 min read

She is noticeably larger than Sybil in all dimensions. Her legs are particularly robust, and she is even a slightly different shape. In fact, with her colouring, she looks remarkably like a small dodo — if you ignore her head, and her remarkable lack of extinction.

You could not, with a straight face, say that Basil is a reliable layer. She has only laid about five eggs that we have been able to identify as hers. One giveaway, however, is that they are occasionally quite large eggs.

Yesterday’s was one of her largest — it is about the size of a Honda Civic.

Which ties in, disturbingly, with my brother’s most recent post.


© Damian Clarke 2019. First published on the Our Albion blog, 14 October 2006.

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I’m a writer and publisher working in Sydney, Australia and London, UK. I specialise in finance, technology, insurance, property, medicine and sustainability.

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