I had started out with 10 chickens, I got 10 because I assumed some would pass on before reaching adulthood. However, they all lived lol. I couldnt keep up with feeding and cleaning that many hens so I rehomed 4 of them. Today I rehomed another 3. All hens went to GREAT homes, thank goodness. Now im down to 3 lovely hens, I kept my all time favorite Fancy Pants of course. It was hard to see them go as I hand raised them as babies in my bedroom until they were old enough to be stalled in the barn. I can still remember their gangly little necks and legs running around the stall getting into all kinds of trouble, so cute. My girls and I had a great relationship...I'd call, they'd come running...most of the time when they were turned out they would wait for me on the porch. Breakfast was a favorite part of their day, scrambled eggs, fresh greens and the occasional cottage cheese treat. They would cluck around excitely after dinner waiting for me to spoil them with their happy hens freeze dried worms. Such a characters and so full of personality. The main reason I let them go was due to the dust they were creating in my barn...With 10...even 6 hens, I couldnt keep up with the dust and my other animals appeared to be paying the price. Snotty nosed goats coughing and looking downright uncomfortable. I suppose it was best for all involved, hens and goats, but I know I will miss their happy little faces.
So now im down to 3...Fancy Pants of course along with 2 other un-named ladies (who in which I will now name as they will be easier to identify). I think I'm actually really going to enjoy the smaller # of hens, I can provide them with better quality care and feed and it wont be as costly. I can share more of my time with the 3 rather than the 6 and I can organize my budget in a way that will promote a healthier lifestyle for them, rather than worrying about feeding all those hungry mouths I can purchase more variety of foods. Perhaps I can even build or purchase a predator safe hen house and pen so they wont have limited outdoor time as they do now. Im eager to see what the future brings with these 3 lovely ladies but I will always have moments where I think back on my first handraised chicks who I watched turn into beautiful fluffly full feathered young ladies <3 ...I will miss them.
So I was curious...how many chickens do you enjoy keeping?
Edited by littlechick1005 - 1/28/13 at 11:59am