My first 12 chickens ever...story of a city girl trying to live a country life!

  1. nfitzgeraldRN
    I lived in a suburb of Denver for the majority of my childhood and adult life. About 6 years ago with the passing of my mother my family packed up and moved to a rural area approx 65 miles northeast of Denver. My husband loves living out here as does my son. I enjoy and appreciate all the beauty, but occasionally miss the convenience of my city upbringing. Living out this far has helped me grow as a women. I love animals and was always the first one to offer to care for others pets when they leave town for a short stay...but I only have managed to make a few friends out here. My dream was to have chickens and horses. Finally my husband said I could get my chickens!! I was SO excited. I had so many ideas about my coop and the chickens, I just couldn't wait. Before I purchased my chicks I did a bunch of reading up, talked with my few friends that did own chickens and accepted any and all tips and advice. I placed my order through McMurray Hatchery and anxiously awaited my little arrivals. I made sure to educated my family about all the little chicken facts I had learned. Once my chicks came, I was so happy! Wow, chicks are a lot of work! They were so worth it and I think that is how you bond with them, just like with puppies and kittens. I lost quite a few and was feeling pretty down, but the ones that survived kept me busy, entertained and content. I now have 12 chickens. I have 2 Japanese bantams, 2 new Hampshire's, 1 black frizzle Cochin bantam, 1 white silkie bantam, 3 California white leghorns, 1 blue laced wyandotte, 1 rose comb brown leghorn and 1 partridge rock bantam. They are approx 15 weeks old
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    Harriet (hen) my New Hampshire with my Romeo Roo (Japanese bantam) checking out the nesting boxes...Penny down below seeing what's going on. (hen also New Hampshire)

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    Juliet my japanese bantam hen. Top of the pecking order...


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    Lucy, Hen. She is my partridge rock bantam
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    Harriet again, she's very friendly.
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    Hefe. Rooster. Blue laced wynadotte. Hes see what the cat is up too.
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    and now seeing what Harriet is doing... thats why his name is Hefe.
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    This is my California white leghorn (hen far left. 3 of these- all look alike. Lilly, Milly and Tilly. We call them the "illys".) She is sitting with my Rose comb brown leghorn. Just found out she is a hen, doesnt have a name yet.
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    My silkie White Crack. Hen I believe. She used to be high strung like black crack, but now much calmer and sweeter.

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    This is our black frizzle. His name is black crack because it acts all crazy like a crack head running all scared and squawking all the time. My 14 year old daughter is holding him, attempting to calm his demeanor a bit. ( Not really working) They are so much fun and we enjoy them every day! Cannot wait for our next batch!
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    Nighty night!

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  1. Whittni
    I enjoyed this story too, thanks for sharing!
  2. ILuvsChicks
    Great story. What did people do for entertainment in the days days before televisions? I believe they sat and watched their chickens. Just sit back with a tall glass of tea and enjoy. Best of luck with your chickens.

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