Friday, May 11, 2012

The Great Chicken Experiment

Haven't you heard?  Urban farming is all the rage these days.  Since we have a ginormous backyard, free time on our hands (ha!), and want our own fresh eggs, we decided to jump into the backyard chicken craze.  Our friends have had theirs for a couple of years now and have started hatching chicks for others. 

About 3 months ago, we went and picked out 8 baby chicks.  (FYI - baby chicks are a lot of trouble.  But darn cute.)  Just in the last couple of weeks, we've started to figure out who's who - who lives at the top of the pecking order, who's the most easily scared, who has the funniest run, and - most importantly - which ones are roosters.  As pretty as roosters can be, they're not generally welcome in the big city.  We still have one left, and he will hopefully find a new home ASAP - the domestickate homestead is no longer an option.

That leaves us with 4 hens, which was exactly what we wanted.  Now we have to name these girls, and I've been stumped.  The Boy would love to give them all Star Wars names, and I'm pretty sure The Hubs would agree.  I'm thinking something more... Southern.  So, here they are: Suzanne, Julia, Mary Jo, and Charlene.  (Cheesy, I know.  I can't help it.)


Charlene - Kind of goofy, and you just can't help but love her.


Mary Jo - Spunky and red.  


Julia - The most refined of the group, and the head hen.


Suzanne - The beauty queen of the group - love the gray and white feather mix.


The coop still needs to be painted - hopefully sometime soon, or it won't happen until the Fall.  My original plan was to paint it gray and white, but now I'm debating other colors.  Maybe red?  Or blue?  Can't decide...  I want to add a little LED lantern on the end without a nesting box.

1 comment:

Sandi Keown said...

R.I.P., MARY JO! YOU WERE A BEAUTIFUL HEN.