We realized that three chickens was not enough for our rather high egg consumption; we love eggs for breakfast, snacks, and we use them in cooking and baking. Plus, I've been pretty giddy with my new pets (and the littles love them too). To help meet our needs, we grew our flock with another hen and two pullets (pullets are hens that aren't quite mature enough to lay eggs- ours should start laying in the next six weeks or so), bringing our total up to 7. Unfortunately, this addition didn't go as smoothly as the first one. One of our sweet hens lost an eye in a brawl with another hen. I think it grounded us to the reality that life on a farm or homestead is not always harmonious, however dreamy my conception and vision of it is.
But things settled down during the afternoon and evening after the chicken brouhaha of the morning, and I am hoping for happy chicken days in our future. So here are some snapshots of our flock. I hope to explain more about their living arrangements and care in a future post, but for now, just some introductions.
Araucana (My only non-buff chicken): She lost an eye, and still laid a beautiful blue egg.
One of my lavender splash Buff Orpington hens
Black Buff Orpington. We've named her "Casha". No comment as to why. Haha!
Dmitri shared his bowl of almond butter with the chickens. They are close friends.
I have two lavender splash Buff Orpingtons. I call them both, "Betty".
Would you like to lick the spoon?
Dmitri enjoys helping me wash out the water container.
Baby always in tow.
I have two other chickens that are black Buff Orpington & Rhode Island Red crosses. But they are quite shy around the camera (well, and me in general). Hopefully I will catch them another day.