Our Hens

Ruby and Pearl – our little salt and pepper shakers!

Remember Olivia? I did a picture memorial when she died.

Well, apparently we couldn’t go on forever without more chickens, so in early October, a friend gave me three baby chicks so we could have fresh eggs again. Fiona is a silvery grey Americana who will be laying bluish-green eggs and the two Wellsummers will look like the Kellogg’s rooster.

Literally. In mid-November, they crowed. They went to a new home around the corner at a neighbor’s who was in need of new studs. After the boys moved out, Ruby and Pearl, two Japanaese bantams, moved in. Fiona is quite vocal, having learned to crow from her brothers. Thanks, boys. Little Ruby and Pearl make cherbly noises, Ruby trills and Pearl makes little “uh-oh” noises. The little ones are like two salt and pepper shakers. Fiona is so loud, we fear trying to hide our contraband chickens in our new home. We’ll have to tell people we have a parrot.

Please hit the “chicken chronicles” tag on the right to see my posts on Life with Chickens.

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3 responses to “Our Hens

  1. Evelyn Freytag

    I can’t tell you how much fun I have reading about your chickens! I’ts hilarious. I grew up with Banties and my Mom used to bring COCO the white rooster into my room and place him on my stomach so I’d get up. I miss those days! Anyway, my 10 yr. old daughter wants to have chickens since last year. Mom broke down and is getting 2 chicks this weekend. We liked the Jap. Silkies. Anyway, we are way out here in Longmont, Colorado.

    • Suzanne

      My advice for encouraging true “pet” chickens would be to make sure to handle the chicks everyday and basically treat them as though they were puppies with petting, baby talk, and call each one by name so they get to know their names. The more you handle them and make them a part of your family, the more they will bond with you and come when you call them and follow you everywhere – probably “talking” to you the whole time. Fiona’s very conversant.

      I see you’re in Colorado – brrrrr! When we were in Vermont, we had no choice but to bring in Olivia because she was an Only Chicken. She was very happy in her crate and bonded with our dogs. Fiona, Ruby and Pearl (ok, not Ruby so much, she’s pretty independent) have all gotten used to the dogs (even clumsy puppy Nemo) and have free run of the yard all day, but they expect to be let in for supper and nesting at night. Be warned: once they get used to sleeping in a particular place, in chicken universe, apparently it’s set in stone! Thankfully, we have a heated mudroom next to the garage and they’re small chickens! Being inside overnight also keeps me from wondering whether or not a fox or owl is going to make off with one of my girls as well. And everybody asks this and the answer is: no, they’re not in there except to sleep, so no, it doesn’t get disgustingly messy and stinky. We scoop the kitty boxes everyday, so we scoop the chicken nest as well. It’s good to be eccentric. 😀

  2. Maria

    I read in the Herald today that there has been a great deal of interest in raising chickens urbanelly…You started a fashion and you weren’t even there!!

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