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 hen "Penny" and her 12 chicks
|mama Rosemary and her chicks|
|Mr. Rue at 5 months old|
|Mr. Rue at around 8 months old|
We chose the Dominique breed of chicken due to its rich history (the oldest American breed) and its "heritage breed" status as an endangered breed. During the nineteenth century, Dominiques, aka "Domineckers," were extremely common on American farms and homesteads. But with the rise of production breeds the popularity of the Dominique waned and during the 1970s only a few flocks remained in existence. Today it is regaining strength is popularity. Dominiques are dual-purpose birds, cold hardy, good layers, excellent mothers, and a great choice for the small farmer. To learn more about the Dominique breed, visit www.dominiqueclub.org/
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!