Yesterday a friend of ours brought us 3 more chickens. Very sweet of him. He has too many chickens. All of the ones he brought to us are white, but they all look different. They are all pretty young too, maybe 16 to 18 weeks old.
Let me tell you what happened, he brought them to us in a very large dog type kennel. We discussed that it would be better to put them in with the older chickens late in the evening when it was dark. So, I proceed with getting them some comforts, first food and water, then some hay to stand or lay on. Well, putting the food and water in that big door worked out fine. But when it came to the hay, well....lets just put it this way, one of the chickens freaked out. She shot out of the kennel like a bullet! I didn't even have time to TRY and grab her! I am just glad that the door was aimed in the general direction of the main chicken yard. So I went back there and opened the door to the chicken yard, then my husband came and shoooed the escapee out from under the hen house while I stood guard in case she decided to go the wrong way. Crazy!!!! While there was a little bit of jostling and fighting when she went in, it wasn't too bad and sometime in the afternoon she managed to get up in the nesting area and lay an egg. I'm surprised the older girls didn't kick her out of the nest. We put the other two in the hen house later at night. So far all of the white ones are hanging out together and trying to leave the old biddys alone. I can't wait to see how they fill out as they get older. The escapee one is still pretty rough looking. Must be from the trip, her feathers are a little dirty. Now my husband is talking about expanding their yard area so they have even more area to roam. Here are pics of all three.
The one with the brown looks like she will have a small comb.
Feb 24, 2008 | 10:07 PM PST
Reminds me of the time I lived on the farm in Harrodsburg, Kentucky back in 1960/62.We had a hen house and some whiterocks, rhode island reds,game hens, and hybred leghorns. They had free run and laid eggs everywhere. Great memories, thanks.
You have a great day and happy gardening. Bill Mitchell
Feb 25, 2008 | 3:06 AM PST
When we were little,our mother asked us to catch her two hens for supper.She watched as we chased those poor birds through blackberry buses,all around the place.We got madder nd madder as they escaped.I'll never forget when my ma calmly took her pan and started scattering chicken feed and softly clucking to them.She reached down and caputred the ones she wanted, not saying a word.I remember thinking that my ma was smart that day, for the first time, but certainly not the last time.
Feb 25, 2008 | 6:07 PM PST
I have always loved chickens. When I was young we would go to my Aunts farm. I always asked her if I could go out and collect any eggs that were there.
We now have these 3 white hens, 2 Auracana, 2 Production Reds, 2 Red Sex-Link, 1 Black Sex-Link and 1 Silver Seabright Banty.
grannylee, I just can't imagine eating one of my chickens, lol. I still buy mine at the store. We keep ours for the fun of it and the eggs. I have read too many yucky stories of the conditions that chickens are kept in that lay eggs for the stores.