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:
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 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 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. 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 : 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: 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: 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!
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