Gallus Domesticus Obsession

By Mr BrahmaRama · Jan 11, 2016 · Updated Mar 29, 2016 · ·
  1. Mr BrahmaRama
    Update: April 29, 2016
    I learned I shouldn't go to Theisen's Farm Supply in the spring. They were just adding chicks to the brooders when I arrived. I left with 4. A Black Australorp, a Silver Laced Wyandotte, a Buff Orpington and a Barred Rock. Now I'm working on an extension to the run and reading up on introducing new hens to an existing flock. I bought breeds that are known to be calm and docile. Though I know this is no guarantee things will be peaceful, I'm hoping for the best. Here is the new batch:
    Above: Maude (Barred Rock), Tina (Buff Orpington)
    Below: Susan (Silver Laced Wyandotte), Rita (Black Australorp)

    Original Post:
    On April 12, 2015 I finally gave in to the whim of my wife and daughter and allowed them to get a few chicks from a local garden shop. We started with 2. We quickly decided that 2 hens would not give us an adequate supply of eggs, so my wife went out to pick up 2 more. She came home with 3. Within a few days we decided it didn't make sense for a family of 6 to have 5 hens, so one more was added to even out the flock.

    Since then my mild interest in what I considered would be a short lived trend has bloomed in to full blown obsession. I found myself checking out every book on the subject at the public library and combing the web for information. My initially utilitarian attitude towards these creature as egg producers quickly changed. I found myself out in the yard talking with them, addressing them by name, bringing them special treats from the house. I've also taken countless pictures of my hens and thought I might share a few of them here.

    The flock at 5 weeks. Back row: Louise (Brown Leghorn), Nancy (Light Brahma), Paisley (Blue Andalusian)
    Front row: Dottie (Partridge Cochin), Big Deborah (Buff Orpington), Hazel (New Hampshire)
    Foreground: Hazel (New Hampshire), Background: Big Deborah (Buff Orpington)
    Paisley (Blue Andalusian)
    Louise (Brown Leghorn)
    Left: Nancy (Light Brahma), Right: Hazel (New Hampshire)
    Big Deborah (Buff Orpington)
    Dottie (Partridge Cochin)
    First Snow, Left: Big Deborah (Buff Orpington), Right: Nancy (Light Brahma)
    At Home, From Left to Right, Front Row: Hazel (New Hampshire), Paisley (Blue Andalusian)
    Back Row: Louise (Brown Leghorn), Big Deborah (Buff Orpington), Nancy (Light Brahma), Dottie (Partridge Cochin)

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  1. Corona~Barb
    "I found myself out in the yard talking with them, addressing them by name, bringing them special treats from the house."
    Yes, that sounds about right, lol. :D They are quite engaging creatures. Very nice photos, I might add.
  2. BantyChooks
    Lovely pictures!
  3. JessHeller
    beautiful birds
  4. Bnemi
    Very nice article!
  5. CherriesBrood
    Congrats on POW! Great story, flock of hens, and pics.!
  6. Bridebeliever
    Beautiful! And great story!
  7. gracies 4 girls
    I share your passion and enjoyed your story and pictures. Don't you love watching chicken TV....
  8. chickenchick12
    You have such beautiful hens! And they are all hens, so you must be lucky. I love how your Andalusian looks! She is absolutely gorgeous. And I almost think that your Buff Orpington might be a Golden Sex-Link. Lovely post and congratulations on Picture Of the Week! ~chickenchick12
  9. Urban Flock
    Fantastic pictures, they don't usually hold still long enough to get good ones. I had to smile about your story and adding to your flock. Some of my friends think I am over the top about our chickens so it is always a comfort to read about others that have fallen victim to chicken fever. Thanks for sharing your story.
  10. sumi
    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
  11. N F C
    Pretty birds and nice photography! x2 on entering the calendar contest for next year :)
  12. Ballerina Bird
    What gorgeous birds!
  13. Chickenchick11
    Beautiful birds and pictures!
  14. chickenneighbor
    Truly beautiful flock, and great photography! You should consider entering the BYC calendar contest for next year; your photos are really great! Oh, and your girls look totally spoiled!
  15. crazyfeathers
    Paisley and Dottie are beautiful! I love your pictures. You have a nice flock. I started with 5 hens years ago and now I have 30, oh wait 40, that's not the truth either, I am in denial lol.
  16. memphis
    Great pictures! Beautiful flock!
  17. hashworld
    Lovely story...adorable hens and beautiful pics :)

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