Since their abandonment at the millpond on September 18, 2013, I’ve referred to the four Silver Appleyards and their two Rouen buddies as “The Six.” It’s time to give them each a name so I can easily talk about them in the future instead of lumping them together.
I’m naming them after varieties of apples since four of them are APPLEyards. Using associations like this helps me remember them when I’m at the pond.
#1 = Jona (Jonagold, the lightest colored hen, right.)
#2 = Lady Alice (The most patterned back.)
#3 = Jazz (Similar to Jona, slightly darker chest)
#4= Newton Pippin (The highly patterned drake, above.)
The two Rouens that arrived with the quartet are also being named with an apple reference. The hen is Granny (left); the drake is Smith (below right). The Rouens are typical of their species, very placid birds except for the drake’s rather indiscriminate and insistent rendezvous with hens he can catch on a dead run since he’s too big to fly. He’ll regain his common sense once the mating period ends in July.
Structurally, the Appleyards have longer legs than the Mallards, are of medium build, and have boxy bodies. Their markings are so beautiful, I’m surprised their previous owner didn’t keep them around just to admire them on a daily basis.