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Meet The Chickens

All in all – I would have to say that the most talked about of any venture we have going on at the farm are the chickens.  ”The Coop” as we call it – is usually the first place visitors to the farm go to see.  Our coop has been home now for over the last year to our little flock (we started with nine).  With a few minutes of care each day – they have provided us with a little over 4 dozen eggs each week – and maybe even more importantly – an incredible supply of organic matter for our compost bins.

Our hens are not free loaders – they actually pay for themselves.  In a short time – we have developed a steady supply of farm fresh egg buyers who purchase our excess eggs, which is more than enough to pay for their feed and straw.

It’s amazing how each of our chickens has developed their own personality.  Many have asked to meet them – so here you go:

Curious George

GEORGE: George earned her nickname early on – as she was by far the most curious of the day old chicks.  She would wander around all over the brooder and explore new territories.  She is often found wandering around by herself and genuinely enjoy’s her “private” time – although she does seem partial to spending time alongside Big Mamma if she needs company.

Comet

Comet

COMET : Comet is the classic “gossip” queen.  Always in everybody’s business, if any of the other hens finds a worm or something to get into, she is right there to check it out and see if she can have it for herself.  We are not quite sure but we have narrowed our one speckled egg that we get in the nest each day to either her or George.

Co-Pilot

CO-PILOT :  Co-Pilot is  Amelia’s partner at the top of the coop each night.   All of our Leghorns are much more prone to flight than the Golden Comets, but Co-Pilot and Amelia are the top flyers – and have made a place for themselves each night high above the others in the coop.

Big Mamma

BIG MAMMA.  By far our most “weight challenged” Hen.  Big Mamma is just, well, big!  She has a little trouble obtaining any flight whatsoever when she flaps her wings, and really seems to enjoy hanging out by the feeder more than anyone else.  Even when roaming the property, she seems to keep her exercise to a minimum.  She is more of what we term a “waddler”.  She has an incredibly sweet disposition, and we are almost positive that she is the layer of the every so now and again “Monster Egg”.  An egg so big, that we can never close the lids on the egg carton!

AMELIA:  Amelia is our “flying chicken”, as in Amelia Earhart.  It’s easy to see here as she tries out the rafters on the new barn.  She has always had a penchant for flying, from her early day in the brooder when we came down to find her sitting on the top of the brooder when none of the others could fly past the first board.  She is constantly trying to hop up ladders and see how high she can get.

Sherwin “Williams”

SHERWIN : Sherwin earned her name because of her affinity for paint.  We were sprucing up the outside of the coop not long after the chicks had moved to the farm – and wherever we went to paint, Sherwin was there to try to peck at it.  When we began to stain the barn wood, there was Sherwin again to peck at the brushes and see what paint he could find!  And no, her eggs do not come out colored :)

Goldie

GOLDIE: She is the looker of the comets and knows it.  She will strut around and is quite proud of her beauty – she’s even been caught a time or too looking at her reflection in some old windows stored in the barn.  She really is a beautiful hen – with a light golden color, she is easy to spot among the other hens.

DIGGER: It’s not too hard to see how Digger earned her name.  Digger finds any pile of dirt, rock, or straw to start rooting through and make a home.  She would have made a great explorer because she can always find a home anywhere.  We have thought about putting her in areas where we will be planting and let her “pre-till” the soil.

Foghorn

FOGHORN:  The most independent of our 3 Leghorn Chickens – Foghorn reminded us very much of the cartoon character – so we passed along the name.  Her favorite place to gravitate to is the barn floor – where she carves out a little hole and promptly roosts.  She will be very disappointed someday when the brick floor gets put down!

CHICKEN PICS :

What are you looking at?

George checks out the surroundings while Foghorn and Goldie clean their feathers.


KIds love the chickens

31 Comments on Meet The Chickens

  1. Reading about your chickens makes me smile. I have to convince my other half that it’d be a good thing to have two or three. That is a work in progress. Meanwhile I’ll just have to satisfy myself with other peoples chickens.

  2. I LOVED reading and seeing the pictures of your hens. We have three and adore them. There’s Princess Pea who will always jump on my lap when I sit down; Tattie is the littlest one and makes a sound that has no break in it; and then there’s #1 (named after the guy on Star Trek)…..She is the biggest, loudest, always looking to see what the others have in their beaks and was the first to start laying in August 2013 and did so for 2 weeks. They are Black Sex-Linked and Princess Pea lays the lightest colored egg. Tattie lays the darkest brown and #1 lays the medium brown eggs.
    They run to great me each time I step outside and they make me happy.

  3. When we got our chickens up and growing out in the hen house, we use to sit out and watch them after a long day of work. It was chicken TV. And we’d loved it! It’s fun to watch and learn how chickens each have a different personality and how it can develop or change a bit over the years. Pecking order can change from time to time.

  4. Great album. I once met a photographer in Los Angeles, who asked me to look at a collection of photos of chickens that he had taken for a calendar. They were outstanding. Interestingly, he had managed to capture a distinct “attitude” in each of the photos. I commented on this. Then he showed me the title of the collection. “Chickens With Attitude.” He was good.

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