I have rather a lot of hens – all in the interest of research you understand! For my book The Illustrated Guide to Chickens I hatched, either with an incubator or a broody hen, just as many different breeds as I could to paint the illustrations from (down below you can see some of the actual hens that appear in the book and also on my linen cushions) – as a result I get a wonderful selection of eggs:
I also hatched some turkeys as they appear in Ducks, Geese & other domestic Fowl – here is Mr Turk strutting his stuff – he spends all day like this doing his best to impress the hens. He does have a wife – her egg is the large speckled one in the photo above.
He simply loves being photographed and poses patiently – isn’t he beautiful?