I finally decided to make a page for our flock. Most are currently alive, but there are a few members of our flock who have died, yet deserve a mention. This page should be updated as our flock increases and decreases. Enjoy!!
This little gal is one of a kind! She was one of four chicks ordered from Meyer hatchery in September 2013. They arrived safely from
Ohio, but weeks later, near the end on October, they were attacked by something through the bars of their outdoor brooder. One died and the rest were missing toes. None died from infection but little Georgia was mauled the worst. Over the course of the next several months, her remaining "sisters" were picked off by other predators. I had moved my red sexlink, Skittles in with Georgia, because she was molting and was picked on pretty bad by the other hens. They became friends, as much as chickens can be friends. When the rest of the flock was moved in with them, they ruled the roost together. Skittles was on the top, but I very rarely saw her peck Georgia. Earlier, this year, Skittles died, leaving Georgia as queen of the coop, even as the smallest hen at that time, and over a hen with spurs! This girl is still the Queen and rules the coop with a whole lotta spunk.
This is my spurred lady. She is usually near the top of the pecking order and until recently was right under Georgia. She is part of the remaining 2 we have from the first batch of chicks we got, hatched about March 23, 2013. Although she is a high-production hybrid, I'm happy with her decent laying in the spring and summer of this year. She is more of a tyrant than Georgia or Skittles, and seems to bite and peck for no reason much more often than several of my other hens do. Penelope is kind of quirky, whether it's growing spurs or sleeping on a board 6 inches from the wall, but we still love her.
Nellie is the other remaining hen from our first batch of chicks. She is somewhat of a miracle chicken. One day, when I had let her and Skittles out, we returned to find a bunch of feathers and a missing Nellie. Someone had seen a hawk swoop down near them and we knew that Nellie had been taken. After searching for a while, we heard a squawk in the nearby wood, but still couldn't find her. Not too much later, some how, she found her way back and was fine. We guessed that she was picked up by a hawk, but since she had to be heavy and flapping around like crazy, the hawk must had dropped her. We are glad to have had her back, and she is still occasionally laying to these days!
3/13 - 2/16
This is Skittles. She was killed in February of this year, but still deserves a mention here. From Georgia's section, ya'll already got to hear about how she befriended the little runty, toeless Dominique. She was also part of that first batch and was always a sweetie. She was the only one to molt that first fall, and so she was picked on and moved in with Georgia. She was one of my 2 red sexlinks bought at the time. I have loved that type so much from those two that a few weeks after her death, when we went to get more pullets, I bought another RSL, Ginger. Skittles always layed these huge eggs that were really hard to fit in the carton, so we would joke about them being ostrich eggs. She is missed to this day.
Peppermint is one of the pair of pullets we got a few years back, after 2 of the original chickens died, and after we had gotten the four babies from Meyer. Her "sister's" name is Patty, so together we can call them Peppermint Patty. Peppermint is an Easter Egger and lays beautiful blue-green eggs. She has a very outgoing and curious personality. She has figured out how to get treats when I set them down in a manger/nest box above the ground, while the other chickens have to wait for them. Peppermint doesn't enjoy being held very much, but will walk up to you, as long as you don't chase her. She is bursting with personality and just a joy to have in this flock.
This Black Australorp is the sweetheart of the flock. She is the easiest to catch and is willing to be held for quite awhile. Right now, she is the biggest chicken. She has so far, in her time with us, gone broody every June. Patty is very ladylike and relatively calm, very unlike Peppermint, her "sister". I really like her shape and her eye color. Although they are not the black an Australorp is supposed to have, her eyes are a lovely dark brown. She is somewhere in the middle of the pecking order, and lays a pinkish, light brown egg.
She is one of the three chickens bought in February. We still have two of them. She is a Barred Rock loudmouth. She has a very raspy voice and will yell at you all day! She is undergoing a hard molt right now, so she isn't laying, but normally she is a pretty good layer of light brown eggs. When she first started laying, she insisted on laying her eggs in a pile of junk in the stall next to their coop, in an old cabinet usually. When that stuff was removed, she took to laying in the nest boxes...that were outside their coop and run. She would open the door by going through a opening in the slats, and after she had layed her egg, she would dutifully return to the run by pushing open a different door! Violet is also very curious, much like Peppermint.
Ginger is the only RSL that we have right now. I got two of them in my first batch and have loved them. I want to always have one or two in my flock. She has lived up to the personalities of my other 2 RSLs. Even though we bought her as a pullet, instead of a chick, she follows me around and is slightly camera shy, which is opposite her "sister", Violet, who is a camera hog. She lays eggs almost as large as my oldest hens do, but usually a darker reddish brown that is just beautiful. Ginger is at the bottom of the pecking order and I love how she follows me even when the other chickens are gorging them selves. I am very happy that Ginger is in our flock.
* I am sad to announce that sweet little Ginger was killed by a predator sometime between 2/15/17 and 2/18/17. I hope we were able to give her a good home in the year that she spent with us.*
This shy little gal is the black one on the right. She was bought in July 2015, along with a Buff Orpington named Candy (whose name was later lengthened). She is a black sexlink and a relatively good layer. Pixie is pretty shy and hard to get a picture of or even hold. She was at the bottom of the pecking order until the new pullets came this year, and has asserted her dominance over them, but is yet to gain any higher status. She is more of a chicken to be enjoyed form afar.
Sir Candy Cornelious the First
This was one special rooster. He has been our only rooster. We bought him out of a coop of "pullets", and when he was over 6 months old, he started crowing. Candy grew til he was about 7 pounds. It's small for a Orpington, but it was awesome to hear him learn to crow and then just hearing it throughout the day, and even sometimes at night! He sure was a beauty and I still miss him!
~~~More pictures of the flock~~~
Candy and Ginger
Peppermint and Patty
The three black chickens, Patty, Pixie and Peppermint
Violet just found out that screens aren't drinkable
Poor molting Georgia
Most of the flock in one picture
A sample of our lovely eggs
Peppermint getting ready to lay a gorgeous blue-green egg
I hope ya'll enjoyed these pictures and mini biographies of our flock! These chickens have been a pleasure to raise and own!