This chicken update is for everyone that asks me about my backyard chickens, which is EVERYONE. We started off on our backyard chicken adventure a year and a half ago and this is a little update on our flock and how its going.
If you are new around here and what to catch up on my chicken shenanigans read my first post here and my chicken coop post here. Don’t you love this giant chicken mural I found near my grandparent’s house?
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Our First Chickens – The O.G. Flock
We were just so lucky that our original flock was perfect, without issues, for almost a year. Out of the 6 baby chicks we got in Spring 2016, 2 were roosters, which we had to give away (urban chicken laws). The remaining four all matured to hens (1 year old) and laid us too many eggs to enjoy all by ourselves.
There was Einstein, Dot, and the two Gingies. Clearly we were pretty attached to the chickens. The O.G. flock was easy riding until a few months ago. The downfall started with Einstein, everyone’s favorite chicken. She was a White Crested Black Polish that vanished into thin air one day. Our best bet is that a hawk got her because she was pretty small.
We were quite upset about our girl, Einstein, when our first raccoon attack happened, my favorite chicken baby Dot. She was a pretty Americauna chicken that laid greenish blue eggs. I’ll spare you the gory details, but she is no longer with us.
That left us with two Rhode Island Reds. They are bigger chickens and strong egg layers but we knew we needed more than two chickens! After the raccoon attack they were easily frightened and only giving us 1 egg a day!
We totally thought about giving up and quitting backyard chicken life but decided not too. So instead, like any crazy chicken lady would think we had to get more.
Our New Chickens – Part 1
So we looked to the Internet to find us some “teenage” chickens, called pullets. It was too late in the season for baby chicks so we had to go for older hens (boo, baby chicks are half the fun!). We found this beautiful group of 4 hens and a rooster for sale. It was a perfect addition to our flock, far away to pick up, but still worth it.
We scooped them up and decided to deal with the rooster issue at a later time because he wasn’t crowing yet. Those pretty babies were being housed in a separate chicken run when the raccoon struck again! It was terrible and that sneaky devil is smart, SO SMART, but again I’ll spare you the gory details. We were left with only one of those chickens, named henceforth Baby Bird.
We felt horrible. I cried. Kev cursed. We really really wanted to give up chicken keeping but its addicting. We couldn’t give up!
New Chickens – Part 2
So then we had two Gingies babies and the one Baby Bird, so of course I needed more! I found in the local FB chicken group this lady selling three almost laying hens, for a great deal. So we scooped up three new hens. Turns out one of them was already laying and the other two started within a week. So now we have six laying hens.
The three new ones all have names and super fluffy butts. Theres Flash, Fancy Pants, Frenchie. The two Gingies will always be called the two Gingies. Baby Bird is sticking with Baby Bird.
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Backyard chickens are amazing pets, they are so fun to watch and they lay us the most delicious eggs ever! If you have any questions about raising them, I can totally help. I love chickens and think they are the coolest pets despite our honest struggles with a raccoon this year.
Since the raccoon attack we have had to buckle down our coop security and have been keeping our new babes safe. I love extra tips though so if you have any tricks to protecting your flock, let me know below!