So, the last time I blogged about my chickens, I had just bought my first girl...Mammy. Well, I've now got 5 lovely ladies. Yes, I'm chicken addicted. They are just so fascinating to me. There are over 150 varieties of chickens and each comes with its own use and personality. I bet you didn't know that the color of a chickens ear lobes determine the color of its eggs...interesting, right?
I thought I would introduce you to my gals.
This is Missy. She is a standard Red Star and she is CRAZY. She comes running to me every time I walk out of the house. She is a food monger and will eat just about anything. I walk around the yard and pick up big rocks for her to peck under. Her favorite are big fat worms. I've actually caught her walking around my kitchen a few times.
This little lady is a Sammy. She's a bantam Silver-laced Wyandotte. My husband calls her "Chicken Hawk" cause she chases all the squirrels and birds out of the yard. She is a little toughy. However, she is very shy with me. Her and Mammy are BFF's and can always be seen together.
No, she is not a pigeon. This is Sky and she is a bantam Lavendar Ameraucana. She hasn't started to lay eggs yet, but when she does they will be blue. Sky has a lot of instinct in her. If I don't have her locked up by 6PM, she flies up into a tree for the night. She always picks a high thin branch that a predator couldn't jump too or stand on. She's a smart one.
Good ol' Mammy. My first and still favorite. She is a standard Barred Plymouth Rock. She is an old girl and no longer lays eggs. I think most people would think I'm crazy for keeping her, and she was about to be butchered before I got her, but I think she is so beautiful I have to keep her. She is a big girl, and I love to see her barrel across the lawn to me when I throw scraps out.
Meet the newest addition...Snow(Sorry for the lack of creativity...my children come up with the names). She is a standard White Leghorn Frizzle. After about a week of picking on her, the ladies have finally accepted her into their clan. They now allow her to free range with them without chasing her back into the pen. I love her for her bold whiteness and silly feathers. She is a sight!
Here's a shot of their pen. My husband built it for me a couple years back. It is one of my most favorite things in this world. It is just done perfectly, and in the summer it is surrounded by greenery. It's such a sweet sight.
Thanks for listening to me about one of my passions! I'll post some pic's of Sky's little blue eggs when she starts laying. Can't wait!