Ramblin' Rooster's Backyard Farm

  1. Ramblin Rooster
    Hello BYCers!

    Ramblin Rooster here! I am located in the beautiful Fairfield, Connecticut where my animals, my family, and I inhabit our 2 acre piece of heaven! We were very fortunate to have a large antique horse barn come with our property, which proved to be useful when we started raising all types of animals!
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    We currently raise around 40 chickens of 25+ varieties, 2 twin olde English babydoll southdown sheep, 2 White Pekin Ducks, and a Potbelly Pig! In the future we are hoping to get a drake for our Pekin hens, and maybe some Geese as well.

    Here are some (a little bit of an understatement of the amount [​IMG]) photos of our animals! The ones included do have their names and breeds labeled, but keep in mind this is only some of the many birds that are part of our flock!

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    Eva, a very fat and friendly Buff Orpington hen!

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    Stormie, a very beautiful and also very fat Silver Laced Wyandotte hen!

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    Hashy, a Red Sex Link hen from early in our chicken keeping adventure!

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    Waffles, a Red Sex Link hen whom was one of our first three chickens, whom we got many years ago.

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    Clover, an Olde English Babydoll Southdown (or just Babydoll [​IMG] ) whether (castrated male) who is extremely friendly and enjoys hogging the camera (and the food!)

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    Clover and in the background his beautiful sister Bo, who is much more shy and gets very upset when separated from her brother. In fact, she once broke down the door when we were giving Clover some de-worming medicine! The hinges were old, but it was still a very powerful effort to get back to her brother!

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    Daphne (front right) and Daisy (back left) are our two White Pekin ducks who we acquired at Northeastern Poultry Congress in January 2015. They are very entertaining and enjoy going for a swim and eating grapes... sometimes at the same time!

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    Ellie II, a Red Sex Link Hen, and another one of our chickens from much earlier in our chicken keeping adventure.

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    Some of our chickens taking a nap after playing in the snow for a while!

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    Our girls always come to greet us in the corner when they see us coming, mostly because they are hoping for a treat!

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    Apologies for the poor quality photo (they won't stop moving!), but here is our main coop which houses most of our chickens (except for a few bantams) and our ducks.

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    Our free range door in use so the chickens can enjoy a free range! Our free range door is installed in the fencing of their run and serves as a way to get them out to free range without having to go through the barn the opposite way, as we have no gate to their run for safety reasons. Their free range gate is very secure and has worked well since we built and installed it.

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    Daisy and Daphne going for a swim!

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    Victoria, a Blue Silkie hen, who is a career broody and enjoys hatching and raising chicks! She is broody about 9 out of 12 months of the year regardless of whether or not she has eggs to hatch or chicks to raise!

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    Clover and Bo our sheep enjoy resting and watching the chickens through the fence - they do so every day and when the chickens free range the sheep usually follow them around, thinking of them as friends. Whenever a chicken gets upset and makes noise, the sheep get upset and try to help. The sheep are also very careful when around the chickens and have never tried to harm them.

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    Here is Olivia the Pig, our latest addition! She is still very young, but will only weight about 35 pounds when full grown. She is a handful, and always entertaining!

    I try to keep very accurate records of our animals, so below is a roster of them and their names and breeds. I will update this every few months, but here is the most recent date it was updated: 4/3/2015.


    NAME

    BREED/ TYPE

    Gender

    NOTES:

    Clover

    Olde English Babyoll Southdown Sheep

    Male; whether

    Twin of Bo

    Bo

    Olde English Babyoll Southdown Sheep

    Female; ewe

    Twin of Clover

    Spitz

    Appenzeller Spitzenhauben Chicken

    Female; hen



    Ruby

    Speckled Sussex Chicken

    Female; hen



    Sweetie

    Speckled Sussex Chicken

    Female; hen



    Penny

    Red Sex Link Chicken

    Female; hen



    Waffles

    Red Sex Link Chicken

    Female; hen



    Hashy

    Red Sex Link Chicken

    Female; hen



    Ellie II

    Red Sex Link Chicken

    Female; hen



    MiMi

    White Polish x Sultan Chicken

    Female; hen



    Molly

    Blue Polish Chicken

    Female; hen



    Ellen

    Welsummer Chicken

    Female; hen



    Portia

    Welsummer Chicken

    Female; hen



    Pepper

    Barred Plymouth Rock Chicken

    Female; hen



    Luna

    Barred Plymouth Rock Chicken

    Female; hen



    Popcorn

    White Plymouth Rock Chicken

    Female; hen



    Missy

    Partridge Plymouth Rock Chicken

    Female; hen



    Hally

    Easter Egger/ B&W Chicken

    Female; hen



    Chestnut

    Easter Egger/Brown Chicken

    Female; hen



    Goldie

    Easter Egger/Gold Chicken

    Female; hen



    Stacy

    Easter Egger/Brown Chicken

    Female; hen



    Robyn

    Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken

    Female; hen



    Stormie

    Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken

    Female; hen



    Eva

    Buff Orpington Chicken

    Female; hen



    Buffy

    Buff Orpington Chicken

    Female; hen



    Rose

    Cuckoo Marans Chicken

    Female; hen



    Clara

    Cuckoo Marans Chicken

    Female; hen



    Flower Lilly

    Light Brahma Chicken

    Female; hen



    Daisy

    White Leghorn Chicken

    Female; hen



    Tara

    Blue Cochin x Silkie Split Chicken

    Female; hen



    Pip

    Partridge Showgirl Chicken

    Female; hen



    Carol

    Buff Brahma Chicken

    Female; hen



    DeeDee

    Mille Fleur D’uccle Chicken

    Female; hen



    Henrietta

    Blue Silkie Chicken

    Female; hen



    Betty White

    White Silkie Chicken

    Female; hen



    Victoria

    Blue Silkie Chicken

    Female; hen



    Opal

    Splash Silkie Chicken

    Female; hen



    George

    Black Silkie Chicken

    Male; rooster

    Was hatched with a birth defect and has trouble walking and does not crow. Otherwise is very healthy.

    Daisy

    White Pekin Duck

    Female; duck



    Daphne

    White Pekin Duck

    Female; duck



    I hope you enjoyed taking a look at our animals - and I hope you will check out our farm blog at www.hensandhooves.com as well as check for blog posts written by me for the My Pet Chicken blog at http://blog.mypetchicken.com/author/farmer-sam/

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  1. Two Chicksahs
    I really enjoyed reading about your menagerie! Kudos on the husbandry!
  2. JacobMaxwell
    Wow! Beautiful chickens and beautiful photos.
  3. chickincrazy
    What a wonderful farm! You have some very happy animals!
  4. mymilliefleur
    Beautiful animals you have there! I keep a chart like that on my birds too. :)
  5. Mellow1
    Ditto on the beautiful farm....Clover is a fitting name for your sheep :>
  6. Shabana
    Beautiful farm and of course animals - looks idyllic. Congrats to Victoria - long may she brood !!!
  7. Acornewell
    Beautiful farm and animals! My ducks too like to eat while swimming!
  8. autumnhearth
    Congrats! Beautiful flocks you have. Your Victoria has chosen a noble profession ;)
  9. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your chicken pics for the Chicken 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
  10. Americano Blue
    Nice looking animals!! I love Clover!

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