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Red - Crazy in the Head :P

By RedIII, Apr 24, 2012 | Updated: Sep 14, 2013 | | |
  1. RedIII
    I'm not actually crazy. Unless it concerns chickens and/or poultry. Then yes, you may consider me crazy. I've had chickens for a couple of years now - much to my neighbors' chagrin, but to my delight. I admit it, I'm a chicken nerd. And dang proud of it!

    I started out by adopting a few adult chickens off of KSL (similar to Craig's List) that needed re-homing. I had no idea then that chickens could have such diverse personalities! Or that they could come in so many incredible varieties. Needless to say, I went from adults to chicks of my own, and my partial obsession turned into a passion.

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    I refer to my back yard as "the preserve". In addition to the chickens and turkeys I keep, I also see a number of wild birds back there, hence the name. Here are some of the residents.

    Larky! Aka, Miss Mouth. My Rhode Island Red and head hen. Lark has been the boss since she was little. She'll break up fights, put rowdy flock members in their place, keep an eye out for danger, and help you eat your sandwich (whether you want her to or not) She is always chatty. I can ask her, "Bok bok?" and she will reply with a hearty, "Baaaawk bawk bawk bawk bokbokbokbokbok baaawk!"
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    Chelsea, who has many titles. Chelsea the Sneak. Chelsea the Ninja. Chelsea, the Leghorn who will strut back and forth and laugh her head off while you're stuck hip-deep in a tangle of ivy trying to find all 27 of her hidden eggs. She's such a clever girl, and I really do love her, despite all the grumbling.
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    Chuck Norris, or "Nora". I thought she was a he when she was a baby. Surprise! Nora is a lovely little hen, and thus far, she's raised two broods of babies. Now, she's an Easter Egger crossed with a Leghorn. Does someone want to explain to me again how those breeds don't usually go broody? Because I think Nora missed that notice.
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    Flekka, one of my Icelandic hens. She is such a sweetheart and is absolutely gorgeous. Her name means "the speckled one" in Icelandic.
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    Lenny, whose name is a play on "lean". Lenny was born with physical deformities that make him a bit of an oddball. He has a number of quirky traits, including a huge lump on one shoulder and a weird foot. Still, Lenny thinks he's the man, and he hardly ever crows, which is nice in a neighborhood.
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    Summer, another of my Icelandic hens. Her nickname is Psycho Summer. Why Psycho? Because she's a loony. She'll pull crazy escape attempts. She'll sample your lip, if she's close enough. She would pulp wasps as a chick and eat them. And, she's been charming enough to chase one of my neighbors in her own yard, despite the fact that this hen probably weighs less than two pounds. I love my nut.
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    This is Betty, my mutt turkey hen. She's shy, sly, spry, and the best broody mama ever. When she was setting on eggs, I'd have to equip a leather jacket and winter gloves just to feed her, because she was so fiercely protective of her brood. Unlike many other turkeys I obtain an raise, Betty is not for the table. She is strictly my pet.
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    Gunther and Sven, my Icelandic roos. They are great for finding food for their ladies, sounding an alarm, and Sven is so chill about being picked up and carried around. I love watching their dopey antics.
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    Angel, my black Wyandotte. Her name has fit her ever since she was a chick. She is so mild, so sweet, and made a very good mother. I love seeing her poofy black shape out in the yard.
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    When I tell people that I have chickens and turkeys, most of them look at me like I'm crazy. Especially when I tell them that they all have names and are my pets. I'm sure they wonder why I keep such odd "pets." Well, look at these pictures and decide.

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    So - why do I keep these birds? Because they make my life that much more wonderful.

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  1. Diannastarr
    you have icies..? good going ,they are an amazing breed indeed...!!! cant help but love them...! : )
  2. RedIII
    Woops! Sorry, Dalooras! I didn't see that I had new comments. Yes, he's an EE, but the other day I picked up a chicken book at the hardware store and saw a picture of someone's rooster that looked strikingly similar to him, right down to the green feathers. So, I now think he is an Amer/EE crossed with something else! Which still makes him an EE, but it was exciting to find. Yep, I really do need to update this page.....sigh.........Computer with all my photos is still dead.
  3. Daloorashens
    your roo is an EE?? He is pretty neat looking!!
  4. Daloorashens
    Hey Red!!! Love the page and love seeing the pics of your chickens!! Now you just need to add the new ones you have=)
  5. RedIII
    Thanks Lisa! Hey krisenda, thanks for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate it. Baby chicks are so fun, aren't they? I love watching them grow. You should be able to put your chicks outside at about 5 weeks of age and have them be fine, at least in my experience. By that age, they have enough feathering to keep them warm when it gets cool. If you have the space and there's no ordinance in your area that says you can't have roosters, I would say yes, definitely try keeping one and see what you think! It's fun to watch them when they find food and call the hens over. They get so proud of themselves for finding a tasty treat, it's cute. If your boys are fighting, then most likely you'll just have to re-home a couple of them, like you were thinking. At some point they'll work out their pecking order and one boy will be dominant, though. I had to put my boys in separate enclosures when they started fighting.
  6. La Casa de Pollo
    Hey Red! Love your page!
  7. krisendaaves
    i do not know what date this was posted on, but i really enjoyed your comments/things you shared, and your photos are really good. i love to look at pictures. now that i have fallen in love with my baby chickens, i have noticed myself being interested in looking at photos of other member's chickens. you can't really know how special they are until you interact with them daily. anyway, i just wanted to introduce myself and make a new friend, as you said. i enjoy talking and visiting, and getting to know people. i recently joined backyardchickens, and am learning quite a bit from this site, although i still have so many questions. i need advice about what to do with my three roosters (we were not knowledgeable when we went to purchase them, so we chose from the straight run brooder. ugh. i think, though, that it would be good to keep one, just to see what it is like having a rooster) ; and at what age should i put them outside in their coop? they were a few days old on april 3, when we got them. also, on april 5, we got four more who were a week old. and now that they have all become a little older and larger, they are scuffling and sparring with , and fussing and pecking at one another. i have enlarged their enclosure three times thus far. ha. i don't have any more pieces of gate, so i'm wondering what i will do to improvise, as they keep growing...oh, i am also crazy, but the fun kind, like you. write to me when you have a moment. sincerely, krisenda.

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