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Nancy & Doug's Chickens

We named our chickens after goddesses of fertility and birth. We've provided a brief description of each. They are Frigga, Ishtar, Juno, Mami, Nanshe, Nixi, and Uma.

Frigga

White Leghorn, white eggs

The wife of Odin and Norse goddess of married love and of the hearth. Friday is named for her.

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Ishtar

Buff Orpington, brown eggs

The Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of love and war, identified with the Phoenician Astarte, the Semitic Ashtoreth, and the Sumerian Inanna.

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Juno (deceased)

Brown Leghorn, white eggs

The ancient Roman queen of heaven, a daughter of Saturn and the wife and sister of Jupiter: the protector of women and marriage.

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Mami

Americauna (Easter Egger), green eggs

Mami is a goddess in the Babylonian epic Atra-Hasis and in other creation legends. She was probably synonymous with Ninhursag. She was involved in the creation of mankind from clay and blood. As Nintu legends states she pinched off fourteen pieces of primordial clay which she formed into womb deities, seven on the left and seven on the right with a brick between them, who produced the first seven pairs of human embryos.

mami

Nanshe

Buff Orpington, brown eggs

In Sumerian mythology, Nanshe was the daughter of Enki and Ninhursag. Her functions as a goddess were varied. She was a goddess of social justice, prophecy, fertility and fishing. Like her father, she was heavily associated with water. She held dominion over the Persian Gulf and all the animals within. Her seat of power was the Sirara temple, located in the city of Nina.

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Nixi

Ancona, white eggs

The Nixi were three kneeling female statues which could be seen at Rome, on the Capitol, in front of the cella of the Capitoline Minerva. They represented in the popular mind the pains experienced by women at the moment when they bring a child into the world. They were called upon to protect women in labor.

nixi

Uma

Americauna (Easter Egger), blue eggs

The marriage of Shiva and Uma's relationship and symbiotic love is a cornerstone of two major Hindu ideologies, Shaivism and Shaktism. Their eternal love-making describes the unity of their form and function. Shiva and Uma are interlinked and inseparable. Uma is the core of the Goddesses Durga and Kali, who are the female forms of Shiva, the Lord Destroyer.

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