Chickens

We got 4 baby chicks on April 15th, 2011 . We enjoyed watching them quickly grow.  We’re raising them for eggs. As of November 2011, all the chickens are laying regularly. We get about 22 eggs a week from the 4 hens.

The chicks are named Parsley (Black Star), Sage (Buff Orpington)-Died June 2013, Rosemary (Easter Egger), & Thyme (Silver-Laced Wyandotte).

New hens added from a friend’s flock June 2013: Basil (Dominique), Cumin (Easter Egger), Fennel (Black Silkie), Nutmeg (Black Cochin Bantam).
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Here are the posts chronicling the first chicks growth.

Below you’ll albums of each of the chicks. Click on one to start the larger view. Click again on the photo to exit. I’ll be adding more photos as the year progresses and you can watch how they grow and change.

Parsley is a Black Starr Chicken. We thought she was going to be a Barred Rock but there must have been a mix up. She is a calm, trusting chicken, and is growing larger and faster than the others. She may be the top chicken but she’s not pushy or bossy about it.

Sage is a Buff Orpington chicken. She is friendly, trusting, and easy going. She wants to be where the other chickens are. She’s willing to let you pick her up and hold her and even sit on your lap for a while. She’s thinks everything is food and pecks at my jacket every day when I collect eggs.

Rosemary is an Araucana or Easter Egg chicken. She wasn’t as in-tune with what the flock was doing when they moved to the coop, but has now picked up with the program and hangs out with the rest. She’s also warmed up to us again now that they are settled in their space.

Thyme is a Silver-Laced Wyandotte. She is energetic, fast, and suspicious of us. She will be held, but only on her terms (i.e. the treat is in hand). She is quick to learn new things and is pushy to get what she wants.

2 Responses to Chickens

  1. Carol says:

    I’ve enjoyed following the growth of your “girls.” We bought ours when they were already 17 weeks old. I just didn’t think I could handle chicks right now – plus I was too eager to get to the egg-laying part. However, I now have “chicken fever” – I keep looking at all the online catalogs and trying to decide which breeds I want next. I want to get day-old chicks next time and try raising them like you have. Of course I’ll need another coop if I do that. We have 7 pullets now – and while we might have enough room for one more, I wouldn’t want to add any more to that coop.

  2. Denisha says:

    Thought I’d share this with you:)
    http://www.suburbanchicken.org/eggs.htm

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