Making It Work With Backyard Chickens
Left to Right: Dorothy Parker, Ameraucana, Gertrude Stein, Rhode Island Red and Agatha Christie, Buff Orpington. These are my three hens who are now 5 ? years old. I’ll have to research that. Anyway, their life expectancy is about 15 years. During that time they’ll not always be good layers. In fact, half the time Dorothy thinks she is a rooster, crowing, protecting her two-hen flock and not laying. Chickens are not considered the smartest pet to have … how many remember the story of Henny Penny? But they can be fun. Roosters? Not so much. And they are low maintenance especially in uncrowded healthy environments, plenty of clean food and water.
I have let them free range but since they have not been clipped they tend to fly especially Dorothy … flying over the fence into the front yard. Not a good thing because of traffic!
Dorothy is the blue egg layer. She is not as productive as the other two breeds. In fact, she has on occasion laid strange looking eggs, one just an inch long, several misshapen and a shell-less, just the membrane. I pass this off as not a nutritional deficit but she is a very high strung hen. lol I suppose on a chicken ranch she would have already made it to the stew pot. But … after all, she is a pet.
These are necessary. Coop shoes. Gertrude used to peck at the Ladybugs. She soon recognized the bugs weren’t edible.
Here I am with Dorothy.
Check out Seasonal and Gardening for coop tips.
And if you have any questions, please contact me at anytime. If I don’t know the answer we can learn together. This is an in vogue activity and there are lots of resources. I say, make it easy and start small.