Hi & welcome to my page. My name is Senae. I live in Nashville, TN with my husband, daughter, 3 cats and 9 chickens (5 hens, 1 rooster, and 3 chicks). I am also expecting a baby boy due in July.
I've been raising chickens as a hobby for one year. I grew up in the city but moved to my husband's home town in November of 2005, which is set more in the country yet still very close to the city. I have always had a passion for animals and have really enjoyed taking care of my chickens. The most helpful tools that got me started were my good friend up the road and a book by Sue Weaver called "Chickens: Tending a Small-Scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit".
I didn't realize before how entertaining chickens could be. They are fun to watch, and my daughter enjoys helping me feed them and give them treats. Aside from their regular diet of chicken feed, I like giving my chickens treats of crackers, cheerios, cheese, bread, fruit rinds, cat food, etc. When I peel or chop any fruit or veggie, I feed the part I don't eat to the chickens. I leave it for a day & then pick up what they don't eat. They are very grateful. It's so funny to watch them run around trying to steal the best pieces from eachother. They love to get the tops of strawberries or blueberries my daughter has thrown on the floor. The other entertaining part of having chickens is other people's reactions to them. My husband was convinced last summer that they were all dying because they were losing their feathers. I had to explain molting. Most children who visit enjoy visiting our chickens but only when they're in their pen. Take them out, and the kids run. Here are some pictures of my little chicken family: