Introducing…

Trinny, elegantly auburn, and Susannah, a more common bird

Damian Clarke
Feb 18 · 1 min read

“I shouldn’t really sell you this one — I’ll have to charge you full price. I’ve been telling people I haven’t got any legbars, but when I was vaccinating them I thought that I could probably let this one go. I could sell these every day — they’re a rare breed.”

A day of looking out the window at our empty back garden was enough so we ventured to Surrey to wind our way past Orpingtons, variously and beautifully laced Wyandottes, Barnvelders and fluffly looking Silkies. Mrs Albion destroyed her credibility early on by saying, “I’d like these ones,” to which the breeder replied, “These ones are boys — they won’t lay egg.” She massacred what was left of it when a Brahma swaggered towards us and she said, “Oh look, it’s got Ugg Boots on.”

We finally settled on a rare Cotswold Legbar, which lays blue eggs, but not every day; and Bluebell, a more reliable breed used for commercial egg laying.

Welcome, Trinny and Susannah.

Two chicks — a Cotswold Legbar and another one.
Two chicks — a Cotswold Legbar and another one.
A Cotswold Legbar and another chick (Photo by Daniel Tuttle on Unsplash)

Copyright © Damian Clarke, 2020. Original post first published on the Our Albion blog, 11 February 2007.

Our Albion

he story of a guy with a hammer, some nails and an old house to use them on.

Damian Clarke

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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.

Our Albion

he story of a guy with a hammer, some nails and an old house to use them on.

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