Turkeysong, the Year in Chickens 2012
Chickens have been a constant source of amusement here for the past year and a half or more. We have been testing out various breeds and just seeing how chickens might or might not integrate into the homestead. We are learning a lot, but the main product so far has been entertainment! More on chickens later, but here are a few frozen moments from our year of Chickens. brrrrrraaaaaaauuk.
How many speckled sussex?
tonia with a Speckled Sussex.
Speckled Sussex Chick.
Baby Buckeye chicken. Buckeyes are a very rare heritage breed that we are trying out here. They are alleged to be good foragers, curious and are supposed to emit a dinosaur like roar. We are still on the fence about how much we like them. Thanks to Douglas Hayes for preserving and improving this breed and providing us with chicks.
Buffy the Bug Slayer being narcissistic?
awwww… tonia and Buffy, the biggest and the smallest stealing a moment on the roost. tonia is a sebright bantam and Buffy a Buff Orpington.
Buffy and tonia’s eggs begin hatching…
hatching seabuff (buff tonia? buffbright?).
Checking out a new sibling.
tonia giving the warning fluff. Small but fiesty. She attacked us regularly taking mothering vary seriously. Now she won’t have anything to do with them. Just more mouths competing for compost scraps and bugs.
awww, too cute to leave out.
Speckled Sussi growing up.
Rondo crowing. He made the cut as new head rooster. Still hoping he develops more personality though… He sure is pretty.
Buffy wears a bra. He somehow got this bra over his head while sticking it somewhere it didn’t belong. I had to rescue him because he was running around terrified. Or was that just the ruse of a cross dressing rooster?
Not amused. It used to be quiet around here. Chickensong maybe?
So that’s our year in Chickens. It would be great to hear anyone’s experiences with free ranging chickens. We don’t have a dog, or fencing, so we’ve lost quite a few, but they sure are happy running around all over the place scratching the place up. The eggs are great too from all those bugs and plants they eat.