Hello readers! So sorry I haven’t posted in FOREVER, so today I will be doing an extra long one to make up for it! Since I’ve mentioned guinea pigs AND Skye, I will now be doing a post on our flock of chickens!
Our flock consists of three Australops, two white leghorns, and a Rhode Island Red. In other words, three black chickens, two white chickens and one brown chicken. ( mine! ) chickens are great pets to get, and if you don’t have enough time for a dog or a cat, then i would recommend chickens. ( or guinea pigs!) they don’t cost much, they are very entertaining to watch, and they lay fresh eggs!
( Fun Fact: most ” fresh ” eggs from the shops are sometimes up to three weeks old! ) Oh, and they also eat your kitchen scraps and provide good compost! If you don’t have chickens but would like to get some, read on! Also if you already have chickens, maybe you can find some useful advice in this post. And if you’re simply reading this post out of curiosity, go ahead!
If you are thinking about getting chickens, a good number is three. One chicken would get too lonely, and two chickens would always be fighting each other to become the boss! We started with four, and worked up to six! ( Warning: chicken keeping is extremely addictive! So be prepared! )
Every chicken flock has a ” pecking order “. The highest in the pecking order gets the most treats, claims the comfiest nesting box, and so on. Cleo, a black Australop is the boss in our flock! ( her full name is Cleopatra the second of Egypt. You can see why we just call her Cleo! ) Cleo is my older sisters chicken.
The next highest is Ebony. She is another black australop with orange feathers round her neck. She is probably the plumpest of all the chickens! She is my younger sisters chicken. Next is Opal, another gorgeous australop. She closely resembles Ebony, except Ebony is plumper.
Opal is my younger brothers chicken. Then along comes Coconut! Coconut is a pure white chicken. She closely resembles a slender ballerina! She is my mums chicken. Smoky comes next,and as her name suggests, she is a smoky grey, almost white colour. She is quite a timid chicken, though she survived a vicious dog attack! And then, bringing up the rear, is my chicken, Snowhite. She is the oldest of the chickens, and, in my opinion, the most beautiful!
Unfortunately, chicken keeping is not ALL sunshine and rainbows! A few years ago we started with four chickens. I had Snowhite, ( and still do!) my older sister had Frisky, my younger sister had a black chicken named Blackie, and my younger brother had a brown chicken called Stripey. Our chickens settled in happily, in a custom built cage made by my grandfather. Then we acquired coconut, Ebony and Smokey.
Then one morning, we heard some clucking. It wasn’t the usual, ” I’ve laid an egg ” it was an alarm call! We rushed down to the chicken coop. There, a horrible sight greeted our eyes. Two black and white dogs looked innocently up at us, while a pile of feathers lay beyond them. Stripy and Frisky were dead, Smokey was badly wounded, Snowhite was huddled up in the roof of the coop, and coconut was nowhere to be found. We found Ebony huddled up with Snowhite. We discovered Coconut in the neighbours pool. This horrible disaster could have been prevented simply by locking the door! That careless mistake lost lives. Now, we always lock the chicken coop door, and we haven’t had any more accidents since! Now, to provide something a little nicer, here are some chicken photos!
The first picture is of Opal and Cleo,the second picture is Smoky and Cleo, and the third picture is Smoky, Cleo, and Opal. The fourth picture is Coconut, the fifth is Smoky and the sixth and seventh are Snowhite. The last picture has all of the chickens but Opal. I hope you enjoyed this post! And if you’re thinking about getting chickens, here are some good books on chicken keeping: chickens the essential guide to choosing and keeping happy, healthy hens, by Suzie Baldwin. A family guide to keeping chickens. By Anne Perdeaux. Choosing and raising chickens by Jeremy Hobson and Ceclia Lewis
I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you soon ! Jocey xoxo