I currently have 7 sweet hens, well 6 sweet, one little pecker. Update - we lost Bells the last weekend of January to a hawk. So we now just have 6 sweet little hens. I was very sad, felt terrible about it, but if there was a chicken to lose, Bells would be my pick. The little flock is very mellow now. I asked them if they actually put out hit of Bells and paid off the hawk as she was a bit aggressive with the other chickens. Having said that the girls are still very uncomfortable being outside.
I got all of them in Mach 2016. Its my first time with chickens and I have been surprised by how social they are and how much personality they each have. Here are some pics of the girls.
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Ginger - Easter Egger - green eggs
Ginger is my sweetest girl. As a chick she was the most elusive, but as a chicken she is the first to want to be rubbed and held.
Pumpkin - Easter Egger - green eggs
Slightly more elusive than her sister, but adventurous, she follows me wherever I go. As a chick she pecked very hard when hand fed. I named her pumpkin because the vine is very prickly.
Pumpkin was very proud to perch on the top of the garden fencing
Bells - a.k.a. Shamu - Barred Rock - brown eggs - lost to a hawk attack Jan 2017.
Bells is at the top of the pecking order, has been from the moment we brought her home. She is my little pecker. Constantly pecking my leg when I am out with them. She follows everyone looking for snacks and jumps for her food, hence her nickname of Shamu. She has done this since she was a chick. She is best friends with our dog and follows her as well, which the dog does not really enjoy, but Bells knows that the dog gets snacks too and will steal an apple slice if given a chance.
Bells was always the first to roost, first to try new things and the first to lay an egg.
Bells and Sweet Pea enjoying a jack o lantern
Sweet Pea - Barred Rock - brown eggs
Sweet Pea was the easiest chick to catch, she actually would run to us for cuddles and would sit on my shoulder. Later we found out that she is partially blind so i hand feed her treats to make sure she gets some. She still runs straight to us when we go out and typically roost on my feet while I garden. Of course because she doesn't see so well she usually runs into our legs.
Daisy - Australorp - brown speckled eggs
Daisy is the only Australorp. She is a great chicken, she is the mediator of the group, she is the only one that Bells will not peck and she does not peck anyone. She is also the hardest to catch. She follows me put if I try to touch her she runs all the way back into the coop, not just a few feet away, she commits to run all the way back every time. She is the only one of my girls to molt this year, poor thing looked awful for a while.
molting pics. Poor girl.
Lily - Buff Orpington - Pinkish brown eggs
Lily is at the bottom of the pecking order so she copes by being a bit more independent. She was the first one to walk all the way from the coop and garden area over to the front door of the house. She often leads the other out to free range out of the garden. She was the last one to start laying eggs and insisted on not using the nest boxes. I built her a new box more to her liking based on her hang out that she finally began using. She is also the only one that has gone broody so far.
Hanging out with mom. Sweet girl.
Rosie - Buff Orpington - Pinkish brown eggs
Rosie is my second biggest peck and really hates being handled and runs away if you try to rub her. But she has always loved the camera so I have gotten some funny pics of her.
Playing in the compost Thinking better of playing in the snow
Ahh dust baths, thats the stuff.
Cute chic pics
The last three pics are in the temp coop I built in a corner of the garage after they out grew their brooder. The middle pic is Sweet Pea meeting our dog nose to nose for the first time. She pecked her.