Welcome to the Heffner Hen House! Our first flock became a reality on Friday, March 8th, 2013. We are newbies at the chicken raising. We bought 4 Cochin Bantams at the Arcadia Small Animal Auction. They were young pullets and one about ready to become a layer. Beautiful feathers, clean, sharp, bright eyes, and sweet a pie! We named them (in order of size - big to little) Big Mama, Marshmellow, Rosie, and Hannah. I am still trying to figure out what type of Cochin the four of them are. Learning is a process.
This is Big Mama.
The girls in their coop.
A nice picture of Big Mama & Marshmellow (my son named Marshmellow)
My Emily Jane holding Rosie. EJ named her.
Our flock of 4 Cochin Bantams.
Last evening we bought 2 new hens - speckled Sussex and a buff orpington. Both are what I call rescue, but weren't officially. They were pecked by the top bird and were missing some feathers. The SS is super sweet and laid an egg for me already! The BO - not so much. She is now pecking the SS to the point of blood at her missing tail feathers. I 'pecked' her back and that seems to stop it for now. The bad news that I see is that the Banties are NOT happy and have stayed in the sleeping area of the coop almost all day. The SS has tried to push them out several times, but the young ones are just too afraid. My little Hannah (grey Cochin Bantie) was the low one in the pecking order before the hens' arrival. Now she is showing definite signs of pecking (v-shaped feathers). I don't know what to do about this. Hannah won't eat or drink because she has to leave the sleeping area to do it.