Hens From Our Garden

By fromourgarden · Feb 17, 2012 · Updated May 25, 2012 · ·
  1. fromourgarden
    We cater to 6 hens in our small backyard lot in Austin, Texas. They are the stars of our blog, From Our Garden.

    We picked up our first 4 chicks from Callahan's General Store back in February of 2011. It didn't take long for us to go back for 2 more to round out the flock. Here are the ladies of our establishment, by pecking order, naturally…

    Buttercup- Fearless (and tiny) leader. She is an Ideal 236 hybrid and is quite the egg-layer. She is slow to anger unless you try to shoo her from her digging hole. That beak does mean business, but it is rarely used on the rest of the girls.


    Rosie- A level-headed but stubborn girl. She was sold to us as an Americauna but I think she is not an approved color so we call her an Easter Egger. She seems to like getting her beard and cheek puffs "preened" by the other chickens. They do such a good job that she has bald patches and looks a bit lopsided.


    Bluebell- An adventurous Blue Andalusian and mischievous thief of Rosie's butt-feathers. Bluebell makes an excited bubbling noise each morning when she first steps onto the lawn. She was just born to free-range and dig holes.


    Tigerlilly- Another Easter Egger. For some time, our biggest and… slowest chicken. She may give severe looks more often than not, but she is actually quite sweet and patient. It took her much longer than the others to figure out how the Chicken Early Warning System works, but she is now an expert hawk-spotter.


    Gretel- The most beautiful and graceful Australorp one could hope for. She is too nervous to be picked up, but she will ride around on your arm like an overweight falcon. She is much too polite to want to participate in any pecking order rivalries. Just keep away from her nesting box while she is laying or you will get an earful.


    Little Red- One of our later chickens, a Production Red. She had a pretty tough chickhood and it a bit skittish. She is apt to wander away from the other chickens and peer into the house or follow us about the garden looking for snacks. She is also a mushroom addict and does not lay eggs. Perhaps the two are related.


    Thanks for stopping by. For more pictures, be sure to check out our blog.

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  1. poultryman17
    thanks for sharing
  2. BigMatt
    I have spent the last couple of hours reading your blog. It is one of the best that I have come across.
  3. blondiebee181
    Lovely girls! My pecking order runs almost identical! My Leghorn, Daisy is the slender chic leader, Xena my Ameracauna is second in command, Petrie my rather dull-witted but nevertheless feisty Barred Rock is third and Ginger my little RIR is happy enough leaving the bullying to the others and dedicates her time to our one White Pekin duck, her best friend Pearl. :) Thanks for the share!
  4. HenFriend
    Lovely pictures, mine all hate mushrooms, one of the few veg they won't eat!
  5. s01lotus
    They are so sweet.
  6. 3 Golden Girls
    beautiful hens and congrats to Little Red... gonna pin her to share with friends, but might have to share Buttercup too!
  7. laughingdog52
    Beautiful pix!! Lucky hens.
  8. anderson8505
    Beautiful photos and chickens! Thanks for sharing!
  9. americana-lover
    wow! Georgus!
  10. fromourgarden
    Hey guys, thank you so much for the kind words! Don't tell the other chickens, but I am going to sneak Little Red some extra mealworms since she is now a world-famous model. :)
  11. Fluffballs
    Very beautiful pictures of your hens! Congratulations to Little Red! :D
  12. Donnette502
    Great article and great website you have there as well!
  13. 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.
  14. adgcountrygirl
    Beautiful hens, and great quality pics! Keep up the good work!

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