For The Birds

By scratch'n'peck · Jan 12, 2012 · Updated Mar 14, 2012 · ·
  1. scratch'n'peck
    Go to my favorite thread if you have a "smart chicken" story to share:

    Our home came with chickens
    A few years ago my husband and I moved to Michigan and bought a home that was for the birds. I mean the place was literally designed for birds because the previous owner bred a variety of birds and had built all sorts of enclosures for them. He specialized in water fowl, but there were free ranging chickens that came with the home. They were said to be a mix of Old English Game and so called Red Jungle Fowl.



    They were independent and not interested in human attention, then we decided to hand raise some chicks so they would be used to people.


    We Let broody mama raise some more, too.

    Our OEG brood grew up--some were friendly, others were feisty.

    Fiona raiser her own brood

    Orville and Wilhemina grew up to make a fine flighty couple.
    (The name "Wilbur" didn't work for a hen.)

    Our coop chickens

    We were now officially hooked on chickens and decided we wanted some other breeds. We ordered eggs to incubate some Cochins, Buff Orpingtons and Golden Laced Wyandotte.

    Guess who turned grew up to be Miss Bossy Pants of the coop.


    Ruby is an OEG and RSL? mix as a young cockerel.

    RubyRoo and the BOs and the Cochins got a coop.

    I can't forget Ferdi (short for Ferdinand) our intrepid explorer (Miss Bossy Pants).

    My husband became quite the chick magnet.

    Silke and Siegfried, our naked neck silkies (or Showgirls), came from the Frankenmeuth, MI Fowl Fair.
    Roosters and more roosters

    Colin and Seamus grew up to be gentle Cochin roosters

    Augie and Rascal developed into sweet Buff Orpington roosters


    They had too much testosterone to stay with the hens, so they got a bachelor coop.

    The bachelor roosters get along well

    Colin says, "Am I not a distinguished rooster?"

    Rascal wonders about all this white stuff

    Rascal questions if Siegfried is a rooster, too.

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  1. kidcody
    Your chickens are absolutely so beautiful, I can tell by the love and care you give them. It is so nice to see people take such pride in giving such a loving home, god bless you for showing such love and care, it shows! God bless to you! Autumn Farm Orpingtons
  2. Canadianislupus
    I sometimes wonder if showgirls are real chickens too haha
  3. MyPetNugget
    Love all of your pics!!! They are so awesome!!
  4. cackleberrycam
  5. LittleBits
    How do you keep all their names straight!? Beautiful chickens - so healthy looking.
  6. roostersandhens
    such cute chickens! bet they love that big coop mine is small because they are free range
  7. Nike
    Love this page!!! Such beautiful chickens!
  8. bigbangrooster
    ommygod!!!!! i love the bachelor coop and colin and rascal and the babies and everything else!
  9. Nike
    Cute!!! Love the bachelor coop! That's a great idea!
  10. chickensrcool2
    Gorgeous chickens!!!!
  11. eggspresso
    Such good photos of your pretty birds!
  12. ELauraD
    I've really enjoyed your pictorial, so glad you shared.
  13. dianaabel
    love your chicken! beautiful and they look so happy!
  14. BigRooNTN
    Great looking Cochins. Great color.
  15. kitten6566
    That is neat that all your roos get along. I wish mine did. How many chickens do you have total
  16. allygb99
    i love your chicken coop! mine is a two storie, but NOTHING like this!
  17. CochinBrahmaLover
    I can guess why Miss Bossy Pants was the wyandotte :p Their naturally the rBossy pants
    Cute, and PRETTY chickens!
  18. edna4
    what lovely pictures! :)
  19. lillypad268
    you have such beautiful chickens!
  20. Jazzchick
    Nice chick pad too..
  21. Jazzchick
    Those Roos are beautiful... love the buff orpingtons color.....
  22. judyki2004
    beautiful flock, Gorgeous chickens indeed; love the variety of colors and breeds! wonderful photos! I love the pic of the cat & the chick!
  23. Silkie Nut
    Gorgeous chickens!!!
  24. andi6313
    Beautiful chickens & roosters! I would like to rent your Buff Oprington Rooster for my Henrietta. She's broody and we're thinking of letting her be a Mommie in the future. She's a buffy too.
  25. CrazyChookz
    Love the pictures! Nice chooks!
  26. Mykee
    Rascal looks so much like my own crazy Buff Orp!
  27. HenFriend
    Love the Showgirls, wish I had room for some.
  28. Whittni
    Very cute!
  29. Fluffballs
    Hahaha! "Rascal questions if Seigfried is a rooster, too" !!! Poor guy! :p Oh, and congrats! :D
  30. willowbranchfarm
    Beautiful pictures and chickens
  31. 3 Golden Girls
    Enjoyed seeing all your great pictures... pretty hens and beautiful roos.
    Congrats on POW
  32. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your chicken pics for the Picture Of the Week. Thanks for posting your chickens to our "My Chickens" pages! You can find more info about our POW here: BYC POW process
  33. dianaabel
    Beautiful place! love your chickens. Thanks so much for your concern about my sweet Pierre. We have some chickens , two goats and 3 horses. But he is very quite since he lost
  34. GardenGal
    What a beautiful and friendly flock, so colorful too!
  35. jessiduck
    LOL! So cute-loved your captions!
  36. jeep381
    Your chickens and roosters are so pretty! I think I have two buffs, two jersey giants, and golden laced wyandotts. I'm not sure if all are hens, the jersey giants aren't too friendly. They are 5 weeks old and growing fast. i don't have any pictures as yet.
  37. jan230
    Your pictures are great. How colorful the roosters are. I new to raising chickens and learning so much. Have a great day!
  38. itsmechrissy
    Adorable, I love the picture with the cat!

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