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This is my hen 'Blue'. She is a Black Australorp. I bought the 'girls' from a Wilson feed store in Napa on April 2nd, 2015. I purchased 6 chicks; 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Buff Orpingtons and 2 Black Australorp. The other black chicken grew at an fast rate and began to crow. Sadly, he was re-homed. I chose the Buff Orpingtons because I red a lot about them. In my experience, they are hard to catch, but still a nice hen and pretty true to description on this site. I owned Rhode Island Reds in the past and they were very sweet hens. I chose the Black Australorp for their beauty!
After getting the hens, The Reds became the favorites for the docile disposition and ease of handling. However, now the rooster is gone, one of my Reds have become alpha and she pecks my toes and calves regularly. She will ambush me. I guess what I'm saying is 'Blue' has grown to be the favorite chicken for both her disposition, nice big eggs and her beauty. When I garden in my yard, I will scoop up the girls and bring them with me. I always unearth some goodies for them; veggies or bugs. They are such nice companions.