I got my first flock of chickens in the late fall of 2013 when we bought our little farmette. At the time, the goal was to have an abundant supply of free range, organic eggs from hens who enjoyed their lives. Little did I know how very endearing and charismatic these quirky little girls are. They have layed hundreds of eggs for me in a rainbow of colors from white to chocolate brown to olive and blue. And I fell in love with them.Unfortunately, chickens, particularly chickens who go on walkabout on warm, summer days and who enjoy slug and worm hunting when it rains, also fall victim to all manner of predators — hawks, barn cats, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, foxes, and more. It is extremely heartbreaking to lose them.
I still have two hens from my very first flock, my Ameraucana, Brigitta, and my black Australorp, Vulture. They will be five years old soon. Last week, we just got six new additions to the flock, four little Ameraucanas, a pearl white Leghorn, and something new for me, a Wellsummer (who will lay speckled brown eggs).
So, I’d like to introduce Bianca, Lavender, Poppy, Marigold, Nutmeg and Clover. (I am struggling to differentiate between Nutmeg and Clover, but I’ll figure it out eventually.)