I am the proud mama to a small flock of chickens that we recently started raising in our backyard. We LOVE our chickens--I can't say enough about how much fun they are to keep! In addition to entertaining us for hours with their little quirks and personalities, they earn their keep by providing us with hormone-free fresh eggs, keeping our yard nearly bug-free, and naturally fertilizing the lawn and garden. We have a small coop with an attached pen for our chickens and we allow them out to 'free range' whenever we are home during the day or when we get home from work, or sometimes while we are gone depending on how much they've been out lately.
|mama Rosemary and her chicks|
We used to have four chickens total (three hens and a rooster) but unfortunately we lost one hen, Marjoram, aka "Marge" to a hawk and we lost Chamomile and Mr. Rue to a raccoon attack (we think). Mr. Rue was the sweetest rooster, finding food for the girls, protecting them, and allowing them to eat first. Such a gentlemen. He was often complimented on his handsome looks. We still have Rosemary out of the original four and she hatched out a clutch of chicks not too long ago. One of the chicks, who was born a week later than the others, was rejected by Rosemary, therefore, we were forced to raise it ourselves with a Partridge Rock pullet we bought for companionship. His name was Clove, and he had a tragic ending (see chicken posts on Clove). Early in the spring this past year we got some new baby chicks, and now we have a total of nine chickens in our flock. We hope to continue breeding them, selectively allowing them to breed, go broody, and raise the chicks themselves. All the chickens are named for various herbs.
|Mr. Rue at 5 months old|
|Mr. Rue at around 8 months old|
As you can see, I'll talk about my little chickies all day, so if you have questions about keeping chickens or would like to chat, don't hesitate to contact me!