The History of the K-12 Chickens
It was a big day when the first eight young pullets reached their new home; two Buff Orpingtons (Grasshopper & Goldie), two ISA Browns (Red & Velvet), two Silver-Laced Wyandottes (Jenny and Bawk Bawk Betty), one California Grey Leghorn (Snowbell) and one klutzy Ameraucana (Henny Penny). For five days they were confined to the K-12 Coop while the run was finished and when they were finally let outside, it was like heaven on earth!
Many days passed and soon, the first egg was laid by the leghorn, Snowbell! The others soon followed in her footsteps (reluctantly, I might add).
Unfortunately, Henny Penny died a quick death many days later. It was a sad day, but nevermore would she suffer at the beaks of her flockmates.
Weeks later, an addition was added to the flock: Blackie! No one had ever seen such a spunky and defiant pullet as she and repeatedly escaped the temporary run.
A year or so later, Snowbell died at the foot of an immature Red-Tailed Hawk and the chicken-keepers decided that the hens just weren't putting out as much eggs as they used to, and decided to order chicks! Five fuzzy Barred Plymouth Rocks and five Cherry Eggers arrived, but sadly, only one Cherry Egger and five Barred Rocks survived the rough trip.
These surviving chicks grew rapidly before the other five new chicks arrived a week later. There was quite a difference in size.
But the younger chicks soon caught up and the chicks were let outside into an enclosed run for the first time.
The orginal hens weren't as pleased as the chicken-keepers were over seeing new faces in the yard, but eventually accepted it. The chicks were upgraded to the rank of young pullet as they moved into their very own coop when they had grown out of the tote brooders and had enough feathers to keep them warm (along with a heat lamp).
Later on, as the pullets began to free-range with the big girls, one of the Cherry Eggers suddenly started to sprout a large comb at only 13 weeks! Was this a cockerel? Not so! As this little pullet grew a few weeks older, she showed an interest in a nest box and tucked a fake egg beneath her belly.
Recently though, "Mini Rooster" as she was called, mysteriously disappeared around 18 weeks. None of the chicken-keepers know why or how she went missing. She was the friendliest and followed anyone who came outside. She will be missed, as no one knows if she will return...
Thanks for reading! This is the end of the history of the K-12 Chickens and now the real fun will begin!