Introducing the Gals!

I write about them a lot but I don’t think you were ever formally introduced.

 

Brewster                                                                                                    Brewondeck

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Brewster is a Buff Orpington.  She is one of our original 2 chicks and lives up to the Orpigton reputation of being tame and friendly.  She is our friendliest hen and loves to be picked up and held.  She will eat out of your hand but watch out – she will get distracted by your jewelry and peck at it.  When we throw treats into the pen Brewster is first to grab the tastiest morsel and run with it.  I say that she is part Bald Eagle because she has such an ‘Eagle Eye’ for goodies!

 

Riot

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Riot

 

We got Riot the same time we got Brewster and she is a Black Sex Link which means any chicks from the hatch that are black are guaranteed female.  She is a cross between a Rhode Island Red and some other breed which I forget.  She was an adorable black chick but grew up to have lovely red feathers on her neck.  If she catches the light just right her black feathers have a green iridescent sheen to them. She is our largest bird and is also very friendly.

 

Martha                                                                                                      coop 023

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Martha is an Ameraucana and I got her because of the blue eggs she lays.

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She looked like a little chipmunk when she was a chick.  She is curious and flighty and before we clipped her wings she would constantly escape the pen.

 

 

Sally

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Sally is a Bared Plymouth Rock and we got her when we got Martha.  When Barred Rocks are chicks they are black with white bottoms – like a little fuzzy diaper!  She is now a beautiful black and white hen, very plump although when young she hardly grew and took forever to get full sized.  We were a bit worried about her at first.  She is our shyest gal and probably the lowest of the ‘pecking’ order of our original 4 gals.  She is making up for it by being bossy to the 2 newest gals.

Snowball and Pearl                                                     1chicks

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Snowball and Pearl are our White Orpington girls that we got as day old chicks this year.  They have orange ink on their heads in the pic so we could tell them from other chicks my friend ordered that were in the same shipment.   We thought white chicks would look good in our flock and we liked the Orpington personality.  I can hardly tell the two apart anymore except for the fact that Snowball has yellow feet and Pearl’s feet are bluish white.

 

I love my flock, they are not just livestock to me, they are pets.  Pets with benefits!

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People ask me what I will do when the older girls stop laying.  Will I eat them?  I have no problem with people who put their older non-productive hens in the soup pot.  They have had good lives and it is just being practical.

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It is just not something I care to do.  First of all since we live in the city and our yard is open to the neighbors’ view,  there will be no slaughtering done here and it doesn’t seem economical to send them out for ‘processing’.  I know I couldn’t eat one of our gals and  I don’t think my husband could either.

The plan is for them to remain as pets in their ‘golden years’.    Between predators, illness, accidents and who knows what, it may not be in the cards for them to make it to old age.  But if we are lucky enough that our gals live to a nice old chicken age, they will live and die in comfort and LOVED!

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My total flock size will probably never exceed a dozen because of the size of my yard, my coops  and the amount of chicken poop I can handle for my garden.  My plan is to add about 2 new chicks every other year. This way I hope to always have at least a couple in prime laying age.  (Yep you may have noticed that I already broke this rule by getting chicks this year).

Tell me about your flock.  How many chickens do you have or plan to get?  Are you in the city or country?  I would love to see a pic of your chicks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. slcriger
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 12:03:37

    love em!!!!!!

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