They get to spend all day from dawn until dusk free ranging. They are such happy animals. This is Jasmine. She is friendly to anyone and everyone who gives her attention....except me. Jasmine has decided that I am NOT above her on the pecking order and if I get too close to her, she'll puff up and posture sideways in a warning. If I try to pet her, she'll promptly peck and bite me. She's a brat, but since she's nice to everybody else in the world, she can stay.
Here's Ruby and Blossom. Ruby is one of our rescue hens. Ruby took a long time to warm up to us. She was afraid. We were very patient with her, and when she felt comfortable enough, she started to get closer and eventually, she became less afraid. She would come near when we called her name, and began to eat treats from our hands. Now, she lets us hold, snuggle and pet her. She and Diamond (who we also rescued along with her) are very special. Blossom, on the right, is a very sweet chicken as well. As I write this, I think to myself...these are chickens! I never knew that chickens could have so much personality and bring so much joy and entertainment, but they really, really do. Each one has a very distinct personality which is delightful!
My Daisy. Daisy is such a precious girl. She loves me. She will gently tug on my clothes and is always waiting to be picked up. She is also known as Daisy The Cat Dominator! The cats cower under the stare of Daisy, and she enjoys chasing them down. When she does this, the cats will sometimes roll onto their back in submission while Daisy cocks her head moves in very close to their face to stare them down...beak poised and ready to peck. If they stay still, she'll lose interest and relent. If they make a move, a good peck is guaranteed! Yes. . .this is Daisy the Dominator!
Hello Dixie! Now this little girl is at the top of the pecking order. She is also our biggest hen. Her walk is absolutely hilarious. It's more of a penguin waddle than a chicken walk. It makes me laugh when I see her. She has been top hen ever since she was in the brooder. AND, she is one who lays our magical eggs! She does it consistently too!! If only they were golden eggs.
And finally, we have Diamond. She is one of the girls that we rescued from that over crowded flock of chickens and she is at the bottom of the pecking order, This chicken is the sweetest of all. She loves to be petted, held and is always the first one to come running when we call the girls. All of our hens know their individual names and will come when we call them. I swear...I really never knew that chickens would be so fun!! I love our chickens.
Our girls, when nobody is molting, consistently give us 5 eggs a day. Unfortunately, as you can see, several of our girls are currently in "some" stage of molt so we are getting inconsistent amounts of eggs. Boy are their eggs ever WONDERFUL!!! These are 6 extremely pampered, and happy hens. If I was a chicken, I'd want to live at our house where you get to free range all day every day, and get so much attention from the human family! I don't think that every chicken owner would want to say that.....but I would. They are an integral part of my children's lives as well. They are always included in their outdoor play.
Here, Tara and Madeline were having a play date with Tara's friends Madison (far left) and Carley (far right). Carley had never been around a chicken in her life. This child was so incredibly enamored with the our chickens. Whenever they were outside (which was pretty much the whole day), a chicken was in her arms. And Madison is Tara's best friend in the whole world. They have been best friends for 4 years. They are like a well oiled machine. They are truly "kindred spirits'. Madison, got her first flock of chickens last year (I helped to convince her parents into it). Her dad had raised chickens as a kid, but on a huge scale. We're talking 500! Thoughts of life with that many chickens kept turning him off. I convinced him that a small backyard flock is nothing at all like that and now they have a happy flock of 7, to which they just added 10 more to it this year. . .
But Carley....she couldn't get enough of our sweet Henny Pennys!
And this is Abby. She's Madeline's bestest friend and she's also Madison's little sister. She's such a sweet little girl. She and Madeline always have so much fun together. What a cute couple of peanuts they are!!
Having kids growing up in the country is good! Especially when they get to spend most of their time out of doors playing, and not being shuffled to tons of after school activities, or spending time in front of a T.V., gaming system, or computer. My kids have very rich imaginations, and creative minds. It is because they play outside so much, and are not burdened with the hectic schedules that so many parents put upon their children that this is true. Life is good in our humble house in the big woods.