Before I begin discussion on various breeds of chickens suitable for backyard raising, allow me to present Mr. Neil Patrick Harris, doing what he does best—singing, dancing, and looking all kinds of hawt!
You know that saying, “I would go gay for you?” Well, I guess it works in this case for NPH as well. Except in my case, I need an additional caveat, e.g. “I would become a man and go gay for you!”
I digress. Let me return to the focus of this post, Tina Fey & NPH—I mean, chickens. Now that I’ve done sufficient research into the type of chicken coop the hubby and I will build (it’s going to be the Rolls Royce of chicken coops, I tell you . . . ok, maybe more like a Toyota), I now need to dive headfirst into the world of chicken breeds. Now, I don’t know about you, but I was mighty ignorant before engaging in this research. I didn’t realize there were multiple breeds of chicken. In retrospect, of course, that makes perfect sense. Indeed, I believe that many people shared my belief—there is but one breed of chicken that lays eggs, and it is the chicken that is on the cover of the Foster Farms bag. You know, this one:
But in all seriousness, I didn’t think that all chickens looked like this cartoonish chicken with a massively engorged, bright red, waddle. I wasn’t born yesterday, people. Rather, I figured most egg-laying chickens looked more like this:
Now, imagine my shock and awe when I discovered that there are literally hundreds of breeds of chickens. Chickens are kind of like other domesticated animals—they come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes. To narrow down the field to the most qualified contestants, I consulted My Pet Chicken and its handy-dandy “Which Breed is for You?” tool to create the finalists for Ms. Backyard Fowl USA. Drum roll please.
Contestant Number 1 is named Australorp. A chick hailing from the badlands of Australia, Ms. Australorp loves to have a good time. She does well in all climates, takes fondling quite well, but yet is also shy and docile. Considered “sweet and shy” by My Pet Chicken, Ms. Australorp’s best feature appears to be her ability to lay ginormous brown eggs—about 5 a week.
Contestant Number 2 is named Delaware. As you probably guessed, Ms. Delaware hails from that little state you barely go through from DC to NY where meth addicts walk around the rest stop, asking you for money for gas, because they lost their “college credit card,” and you end up giving them a $10 because that was the smallest bill you had and you were frightened of pregnant meth-face and her methy boyfriend. I digress. Ms. Delaware is a plus-sized beauty, who is quiet, friendly, and calm. Not quite as adept as her Australian competitor, Ms. Delaware only pops out about 4 eggs a week. Her white feathers make her look much like Ms. Foster Farms, whose wings go very well with Frank’s Hot Sauce and butter.
Contestant Number 3 is named Ms. Easter Egger. I’m not kidding, folks—Ms. Easter Egger must have quite the sense of humor. Boasting a much slender frame than her plus-sized competitors, Ms. Easter Egger is a fun chick, who isn’t afraid to be dominated, as she bears confinement and handling quite well. Ms. Easter Eggers produces about 4 beautiful greenish/bluish eggs a week.
Contestant Number 4 hails from France, and is named Ms. Faverolles. While her competitors have only 4 toes, the feisty Frenchie has 5 slender toes to stomp out her competition. Her competition may spend much of the year brooding at home, but Frenchie would rather be out on solo excursions. Frenchie lays about 4 eggs a week, of medium size. Perhaps what is most striking about Frenchie is her neck. I’m growling just thinking about it.
Finally, and bringing up the rear, Contestant Number 5 is a Star. No, really. Ms. Star is considered an “excellent layer.” Cue the jokes. Consistent with her excellent laying abilities, Ms. Star is quite the friendly chick, docile to handlers, and loves to lay big brown eggs (5 a week, in fact). Covered in beautiful black feathers, Ms. Star is one hot chick.
So now that the competition is set, time to pick our birds. What hot chicks will win the grand prize of living in my parents’ backyard?
This has inspired yet another genius idea for scriptwriting. NPH and Tina Fey, email me. I’ve got your WGA/Golden Globe/Emmy in my brain. And I’ll let you have it for free.
Discover me, Tina Fey & NPH!!!