Don’t get me wrong, I love all my hens. But, Susanna “Sookie” Henningsleigh has a bigger piece of my heart.
First of all – she’s a hen of substance. Sookie is the largest of our hens. Lulu, the Buff Orpington is a close second and sometimes can even appear to be larger when she’s puffed up. But all you have to do is pick them up to know who is not just big for show. Sookie lives up to her full Brahma potential. I’m sure she weighs at least 9 pounds, if not more. Maybe, I love her more because there’s more to love.
Secondly, she’s just plain goofy. I think she’s has the broadest range of expression of all of our hens. She’s not loud (Lulu wins in that category with her bizarre dinosaur screams) but has this way of conveying wonder, pride, curiosity industriousness, mischief and a vast plethora of other hen-ly “emotions” simply by adjusting the pace of her walk, the carriage of her tail or the tilt of her head. She is also the most joyful dust bather I have ever witnessed. Boy can she make the dust fly.
Lastly, she loves me back and she doles out the love to everyone. The other night, I was closing up the coop and I noticed that Sookie had her wing draped over one of the Pantpecker twins (Bunny the smaller, I believe) to keep the draft away. She’s also the most docile of all of our hens and loves hugs.