Earlier this year, I had around 35 chickens. After selling a few, I managed to get my number down to 16, but when chick season started, I am now back up to 36 chickens (with another order coming in July!). "That's not too bad," you may say, but my response would be "Maybe if all I had was chickens.... Now I also have a several ducks, geese, turkeys, and a COW!" I know I'm addicted, but if this is wrong, I don't want to be right. I'm not a crazy person, but I am a crazy chicken lady. Only the exceptional fowl get names.
So! Without further ado, I give you my pride and joys.
This is Freckles (Sheltie) keeping the front yard (a.k.a. the duck yard) chicken free.
I added a new breed to my future flock, Easter Egger bantams. They are a little (okay a lot) skittish and flighty, but they are cute.
The adolescent flock consists of Barred Rocks, Tolbunt Polish, Olive Eggers, a single red Sex-Link, and two blue Ameraucanas.
one of the OEs, Barred Rocks, and Art
One of the OE girls
The Ameraucanas, the newest of the age group.
Art, the Barred Rocks, and the Sex-Link scoping out their favorite corner.
Art was named after Art Garfunkel.
A younger Art making a break for it as Jack the donkey keeps an eye on him.
Labelle II, a pullet, was named after the most awesome Polish I have ever owned: Labelle I, a Golden Laced Polish. Labelle II is already exhibiting similar characteristics as Labelle I.
(flash back) Labelle I was named by a FaceBook friend after Pati Labelle (I'm sure you can figure out why). She is a Polish that outranks any Polish out there. Her best friend was a bush, and then she became broody. What? A Polish went broody? Why, yes, and she had an amazing clutch of chicks, but sadly only one survived... Labelle was protecting her chicks when she met her demise.
The one chick that survived. Here she is, Labelle's legacy, almost one full year later:
Myrtle is an Olive Egger that went broody this year. I had a Silkie not want sit full-term on her clutch of eggs and pushed them all out of her nest. Luckily, this OE was also broody, so she adopted the eggs and had three chicks.
One of the chicks was eaten by a chicken snake. Thankfully, the snake was still in the coop, so I took care of it.
The other chickens have their moments.
Cluck Norris (I stole the name from a fellow BYCer) is an Olive Egger rooster, and a good one, I might add.
One of the Wonder Twins (one of two of the New Hampshire Reds)
A Home-grown Easter Egger. Her father was an EE named Bandit. Her Momma is Myrtle. Bandit is no longer with us. As beautiful as he was, his spurs are not something I wanted to put up with any more.
The Paint Silkies and Myrtle. I love these Silkies.
The Phoenix are equally awesome. They fly but they are friendly.
A chicken ladder.
My helper loves to get out and help with the animals.
GEESE! I have three Embdens, and they are my favorite of all the birds. They DO have names. The hard part is telling what name belongs to which goose. Live (pronounced Olive minus the "O"), Major, and Peyton.
The ducks! I have ten (two aren't pictured).
These three are the Disney Ducks: Donald (orange bill), Daisy (black bill), and Nemo (Crested).
My newest ducks, minus the Cayuga. I traded her for one of the Ameraucanas. I have three Khaki Campbells and two Buffs now.
Of course, if I am allowed to have several species of animals, my husband should get to pick something. He now has four Bourbon Red turkeys. He wanted Broad Breasted Bronze, alas, the store only had these guys.
I hope you have enjoyed my flock pictures.