Trinny, elegantly auburn, and Susannah, a more common bird
“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.
Copyright © Damian Clarke, 2020. Original post first published on the Our Albion blog, 11 February 2007.