[FONT=comic sans ms,sand]Annie's Backyard Chickens![/FONT]
[FONT=comic sans ms,sand]Ok I don't know much about chickens at all.. this is all new to me!
It all started last year when we bought a little farm here in East Tennessee and a friend gave us a white rooster we named George. (Get it? "Chicken George"). He was great and made the farm feel like a REAL farm. But since he was a free range roo, some hungry wild animal sadly got him and we swore we'd never get another one.
Then the same friend gave me 2 more roos. They were great also. We loved those roos. A big fat black and gold rooster and a tall lanky rooster we named "Caesar". Then I bought a few hens... 2 Buff Orpingtons(?) and when the girls came, the boys began to fight! The black one was then named "Lucifer" because he so viciously defended and protected his girls, so we sold Caesar. Soon I bought 5 more hens. Black sex link hens that were from a child's abandoned 4-H project. Great layers. Then I went to pick up a nestbox and I couldn't resist buying 6 more.. what I THOUGHT were pullets. 4 Light Brahma's and 2 black speckled somethings. Turned out that 2 of the Brahma's were roos. I sold one Brahma roo and as those young chickens matured, I have REALLY grown to like those Brahmas.In the meantime, we built a chicken house. I spent hours and hours designing it and my husband and I had an absolute blast building it. We had no idea what we were doing and built it from spare parts we got off Craigslist, but the chickens love it and it's very sturdy and safe.
So we now have 11 chickens. 9 hens and 2 roos. Assorted breeds and sizes. No banties. I like BIG chickens! They are free-ranging during the day and come into their house at night.
The other night, one of the Buff Orpingtons, Brunhilda, did not return and after an extensive search the next day, my husband had found that another hungry wild animal had killed her. We really liked her. She was a failthful layer every day and was very very friendly.[/FONT]
[FONT=comic sans ms,sand] We have a LOT to learn about chickens and their care and hope to learn and make friends here![/FONT]