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BACKYARD CHICKENS

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

I’m taking a break from writing about pregnancy, sickness and the like so that you may look at pictures of my chickens.  I’m obsessed with them and could easily spend my days sitting in the yard, completely entertained by their antics.  Enjoy.

This is Coco the Roo.  Coco is not enjoying his new rooster collar.  He has a very quiet crow and we’re hoping to keep him, so we’re trying to completely silence him.  Wish us luck.

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

This is Rainbow.  She’s a hybrid breed called a “Dixie Rainbow” and is HUGE.  She’s made for laying and roasting so she is a big girl and is very sweet and friendly.

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

I just got this chicken and Paisley named her Lucky because she has some gold feathers.  She is a leghorn/buff orpington mix and if she any indication of the tempermant of orpingtons I would love a whole flock of them!  She is sweet and very friendly.

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

This is also a new chicken and we’re still working on her name.  She’s an Easter Egger and came from a home where she was not well cared for.  I think she may be heading into a molt.  The feathers on her and the other 2 we just got feel too papery and I think indicate that they were not nourished well.  We’re excited to help them get healthy.

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

Oh Roadrunner.  I am too in love with this bird.  She can’t see very well because of the feathers in her face and never seems to really know what’s going on.  If all of the birds are looking one way, she is looking the other.  She has blue feet, she can fly, and we often find ourselves wondering if she’s really a chicken or some exotic bird.  She has taken a liking to Coco and follows him around often, even though he has shown no interest in her!  She roosts in our tree every night, and goes to bed 2 hours earlier than the rest of the chickens (with those feathers in her eyes, she probably thinks it’s dark).  I’ve actually put them up in a top knot, and it’s hilarious to see the world open up to her when she can see!

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

We’ve never had a leghorn before and they are a funny little chicken!  They’re fast, squirrely and kind of agressive (especially considering she’s pretty scrawny compared to the rest of my flock).  This particular bird, we call her Leggy, thinks she is supposed to roost in our tree at night with Roadrunner.  We’ve taken her out of the tree and moved her to the coop enough at this point that all I have to do now is go out and start yelling at her and she squawks and jumps out of the tree and beelines for the coop.

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

Betsy loves to play with the birds.  She isn’t a threat to them, but she’ll chase them and they’ll chase her back.  It’s really funny.  She likes to sit in our windows and play with them through the window as well.

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

Lucky was also not well cared for and has scabs on the bottom of her feet from being cooped on lava rock.  She often stands like a flamingo and her scabs are slowly healing.

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

It’s too dark to see, but Roadrunner is still teasing the cat inside the window!

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

The original.  LaFawnduh.  This is the last bird from our very first flock-she is 3, going on 4 years old and still lays every day.  She is our mother hen and works with our Roo to protect the rest of the flock and warn them of danger.  I love LaFawnduh.

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

Coco loves to nest through his days when he isn’t strutting or loving on the hens.

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

CARING FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

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