Kristin's Chickens: Freema

By pipdzipdnreadytogo · Jun 25, 2012 · Updated May 2, 2016 · ·
  1. pipdzipdnreadytogo

    Oh, Freema, where to start?

    Freema was my girl practically from the start. When she was just a few days old, she began trying to climb up my arm. This soon evolved into her sitting on my hand with the expectation that she would be lifted out of the brooder.


    Once the chicks were a few weeks old, I could no longer sit by the brooder before Freema was flying out to sit on my lap. Before long, they were old enough to go outside and, though I feared this would cause a rift between Freema and I, I could not have been more wrong.


    Freema and her broodmates soon outgrew their first outside pen, which had to be extended. We soon found that, with the proper barricading, our net house worked perfectly for the job--plus it was big enough to keep a chair in! I was out with these girls almost every day from then on out, and Freema was always there on my lap when given the chance.


    Alas, even the net house was outgrown in due time, and so it was decided that Freema and her broodmates would be introduced to the main flock. They were about four months old.


    It was around this time when Freema learned her favorite trick. She discovered that if she ran up to me and tugged at my pant legs, I would crouch for her to sit on my lap. (Oh yes, I allowed myself to be trained by a chicken. Wouldn't you?) Freema has been my girl ever since, and she is the bird that turned me into the crazy chicken lady I am today.

    And Freema believes I am her girl, too. Any time another bird is getting my attention, Freema must run over and give me a look of, 'How DARE you?!' She then procedes to mutter under her breath, all the while pulling grumpily at my pant legs. When I put the other bird down, watch out! Freema punishes them, too, for daring to find themselves in my arms! Sometimes, Freema's just so silly. :rolleyes:


    Freema is an incredible bird and thanks to her and her sisters, I will never go without a Plymouth Rock in my flock for more than the time it takes for me to order and receive chicks. I cannot say enough good for this breed, and especially for the little barred rock that loves me as much as I do her--at least she sure likes to make me think so! :rolleyes:


    To sum it up...
    name: Freema
    sex: female
    hatch date: May 11, 2011
    breed: Barred Plymouth Rock
    egg color: Tan with a light speckling of brown

    Thanks for reading! :frow

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  1. FeatherMtnFarms
    Aww! Freema sounds adorable!
  2. Teena Marie
    Neat story. Thanks for sharing!
  3. Dawna
    I have one Barred Plymouth Rock, about 3 yrs old now. She is the BOSS!! of the flock. Flock consists of 1 RIR, 3 SLW and now 5 Buff Orpingtons.
  4. PulletSurpriseWinner
    What a lovable bird! Wonderful story; thank you for sharing.
  5. BinaryChicken
    She sounds great!
  6. milamyler
    Awwwww, I feel the same way about my Barred Rock!
  7. Yay Chicks!
    What a character your Freema is. And very pretty, too. Thanks for sharing her story.
  8. pipdzipdnreadytogo
    I have GOT to take that section off of these pages...
  9. From the North
    Did I read that correctly -- you drove to the hatchery, 2 hours one way, TWICE, and were told upon arriving that the chickens weren't ready, and you still went back a third time? Holy moly you are a forgiving person! Then I lol'd that they gave you a free chick for your trouble... like that covered the 8 hours of extra gas that cost.... Glad you were happy with your chick, though! My barred rocks have quickly become my favourites.
  10. sourland
    Great story!
  11. MidsummerNight
    So beautiful! Such a great story :) Thank you for sharing it with us!
  12. elsasmom
    My Gretchen was a barred rock and the friendliest hen I ever had. When my family came out for a long weekend, Gretchen attached herself to my twin great nephew toddlers and followed them around. My next pullet will surely be another barred rock
  13. katsdar
    What l lovely story and wonderful pictures too. Thanks for sharing.
  14. miquwid
    She is beautiful! She reminds me of my barred rock!
  15. vtguania
    Love your story and what a beautiful girl Freema is!!!
  16. OlivesMama
    Awww, she's beautiful! I have 3 Barred Rocks and the 2 pullets are always fighting for my attention. Henrietta sits on my lap every time I sit down with them in the yard. She's been like that since she was a tiny chick. They really are a great breed of chicken.
  17. sezjasper
    Congratulations Pipd AND Freema!!!
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  19. Chickenfan4life
    Oh, she's quite a character! :)

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