Yearly Chicken Adventure, 2020

You may remember that last year, after I’d lost a lot of chickens to an owl, I went and got seven new ones at Bird and Bee Farm. I was surprised to realize that was almost a year ago. Things continued to get my poor birds, and now I have only three left, Buffy and the reds, Big and Little.

A Rio Grande turkey.

We decided to let those birds stay at the cabin by the old easily infiltrated coop, since they have figured out how to stay safe and enjoy their free range lifestyle. Our renters at the cabin like them anyway. I’ll just give them a chicken cube every so often.

We have been working on a new coop for a while, and finally decided today was the day to put some young hens in there.

Guineas and turkeys free ranging.

My sister, Canova, loves to look at chickens, and niece Kathleen loves all farm animals, so I brought them along. After stocking up on chicken treats and such, we headed off to the country between Rockdale and Milano.

We had a great time looking at the turkeys, guineas, and of course the plants in the wildscape.

Wildscape progress.

It was fun watching Canova and Kathleen when they saw just how many types of hens there were! There were really some cool ones!

Gene Rek was his usual patient self as we decided which type we wanted. I let Kathleen pick two of the adorable Cochin hens. One is her birthday gift, and she bought the other one. My gosh, they are pretty.

Apparently she will take a long time to mature and get more and more beautiful. Her name is Fancy Pants.

Kathleen gave them cute names, but they totally escape me. Whew. She came home and told me.

This one is more goofy looking, but still pretty. She is Lacey Legs.

For the rest, I wanted interesting egg colors more than high egg production. So I got blue eggs, plum eggs, brown eggs, and of course, cuteness. Here are the other four:

I had to have another barred rock. What a face! Her name is Bertie, after my grandmother.
This hen is the one I can’t remember the name of. She’s very pretty and her eggs will be, too. I’ll find out her breed! Her name is Ginger. Duh. EDIT: Ginger is an ISA Brown. Thanks to Cheryl for recognizing it!
The black one has hairy legs, and is a Langshan. Her eggs will be plummy brown. Her name is Jewel. The one behind her is a Whiting True Blue. They are an auracana/leghorn cross with very blue eggs. I love her weird colors. She’s Elsie!

The young hens went straight to eating when we put them in the pen. They seemed to understand how the water dispenser worked, too.

Where are we?

I checked on them after sunset, and they were settling down. Five of them were sitting on the branch Chris and I found for them. One, Elsie, had found the nest boxes and was comfy in there.

Kathleen greets her new baby.

It is supposed to rain later, so I’m guessing they will find the shelter and the food treat we hid in there.

Finding food.

They won’t lay eggs for a few weeks, but until the. We can pet and play with them. I’m so happy to have chickens near my house!

Ginger shows her fluffy butt.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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