{girls} on the farm

~coming to the front door~

Good morning and happy Saturday! Before I head off to the farmer’s market this morning, I wanted to share a little surprise that we had this past week.

A number of years ago my (sweet wonderful fabulous) husband built me a beautiful chicken coop – chez poulet. It was a Christmas gift – he wrote me a lovely letter, explaining that the following spring he was going to build me a coop for the chickens that I had always wanted. We had just moved to the farm and I was beside myself with excitement, planning which breeds I would get, imagining fresh eggs and lots and lots of girls on the farm.

~our adult splash frizzle~

I adore my girls, and wanted you to meet them. We currently have 21 adult hens and one rooster that was a surprise last year when one of our hens went off and laid eggs in a pasture and proceeded to hatch four babies. He is one of those babies and he is a wonderful rooster. They aren’t all wonderful – we have had a number of mean roosters that have been taken back to our local feed store and put in the pen where people go who, ahem, eat roosters. Fine by me!

~welsummer hen - they lay gorgeous dark brown eggs~

Our big guy – Pierre, is sweet and a good rooster, by rooster standards. This includes protecting the girls last week and standing between them and a coyote, which, as you can see, took his entire beautiful tail. Oh, he had such a beautiful tail… We have collected the beautiful feathers from the yard and are hoping it will grow back, but are thankful that he is okay. Just in time one of our dogs spotted the coyote and chased him off before he had a chance to do any real damage.

~Pierre with the four tail feathers he has left~

The girls we have are sweet as can be – they come when called and if we have waited too long in the evening to put them in for the night, they come to the front door and wait for us. We have a variety of hens – giant cochins, buff orpingtons, welsummers, frizzles, bantam cochins, rhode island reds, blue laced red wyandottes, a partridge rock, and a phoenix.

~our adult blue laced red wyandotte~

Right now we are heavy on brown hens, but as you will see, I tried to balance that out this spring… I love watching the girls run around the property, chasing bugs, scratching in the compost, playing in the pastures. They are great fun~

~welsummers keeping an eye on the teen chicks~

Every spring we add a few hens (hopefully hens, but you never know…) to the flock. This year, while I had planned to add 4-6, somehow I found 10 that I *really* needed to have. You have to understand – come spring, our local feed store – the best feed store in the area in my opinion – has trough after trough filled with the most beautiful variety of baby chicks imaginable. I love walking through seeing the posted photos of what they will look like as adults, and deciding what I want to add that year. Our feed store carries an incredible selection of chickens, as well as turkeys and ducks.

~our GORGEOUS giant blue cochin - check out her feet!
~honestly - have you ever seen such pretty chicken feet???

This year I added a giant blue cochin, a salmon faverolle, two bantam ameraucanas, two blue laced red wyandottes, a blue wyandotte, a rhode island red, and two white frizzles. As you can see, they are heavy on blue – my favorite color for hens! This bunch is especially pretty, and shockingly – all hens! Not a rooster in the bunch, which I do believe is a first for me. You see, when you buy them as day-old chicks, they have officially been sexed, but there are no guarantees. I am thrilled that these are all hens as they are all beautiful and I would hate to have a rooster that may not make the cut here on the farm~

~the white frizzle twins~

So, after bringing home the new chicks this spring, we were up to 32 chickens – plenty for our coop. I was happy. The girls were happy. The chicks were happy. And then I went to feed the horse last week.

~the salmon faverolle - Meringue~

Walking through the barn I heard what any farmgirl who has plenty of chickens dreads hearing. Peeps. Baby chick peeps. MULTIPLE baby chick peeps.

~oodles of baby chicks~

It seems that one of the girls had snuck off to the barn when no one had noticed and, along with another hen or two (we have no idea as there are a variety of chicks and egg colors that couldn’t have come from the same mother) laid a clutch of eggs. A large clutch of eggs. And, it seems that of those eggs, 15 hatched into cute bundles of baby chickness. They are incredibly sweet, and fluffy, and cute. But, are you doing the math with me? 32+15= oh my goodness! Seems that we are going to have to make some adjustments to life for chickens here on the farm – possibly one of the stalls in the barn or the lean-to off the side of the barn will have to be turned in to a chicken outbuilding. Seems we will now be needing a chicken compound~

Have a wonderful long weekend mes amies – enjoy your time with family and friends, indulge in good food, and hopefully you have gorgeous weather wherever you are!


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17 Responses to {girls} on the farm

  1. I never realised I knew so little about chickens….I learned more reading this post about chickens than ever before LOL!!!

    Aren’t they pretty…am so envious of you (not for the first time in my life!!)

    Love reading about life on the farm :) Happy Week-end!! xx

  2. I love you Kim, you are the reincarnation of my french mother Frona. I grew up on what started as a “hobby” farm. Thank you so much for sharing those chicken pictures. I love me a chicken, and those are beautiful and so well tended. OX

  3. Fifteen more chickens means more pocket change for you. “city folks” love buying farm fresh eggs. I’d recommend sowing the girls lovely photos too. I’m jealous of your lovely coop and scads of chickens. Your hens are spectacular! What a lucky girl you are!

  4. Goodness girl…that’s a lot of eggs!
    I love your pictures. I too am amazed at how much I love my chickens. I SO wish that I could free-range them. My dog also LOVES chicken and I’m too afraid of what would happen. He’s such a good boy. I figure that I could work with him but…who’s got the time?
    Will I see you at Farm Chicks???

  5. Oh I don’t think you need to worry about a camera at all. These photos are super wonderful! The colors are vibrant, great composition for moving animals, and crispness! I don’t know the first thing about chickens but I learned some new things today!

  6. Oh my ~ I never heard that story about Pierre ~ poor guy! So glad that the dogs were there to scare off the “bad guy”. Love all your shots of the girls ~ who knew there were so many different types ~ guess I am not the country girl I thought I was! I chuckled when I read about your mystery chicks ~ sneaky little girls you have there Kim. Hope you got loads of good stuff at the market. xo

  7. I LOVE this post ~ Chickens add so much charm and character to the farm!
    Love your girls, especially dear Meringue (sweet name) and your lovely frizzles! I lost my salmon faverolle, Willow, a few years ago to a hawk. Seeing Meringue makes me miss her sweet presence…sigh.

    Your frizzles are just gorgeous! A silkie and frizzle lover since childhood (for many years now:), I have five beautiful silkies amongst my mixed flock of 16. You would love them. They are docile, have fur-like feathers and come in many colors including splash and blue!

    Such a handsome and gallant guy Pierre is. So sorry he lost a few feathers though he saved more than his own life. My sweet rooster came to me the same way seven years ago; his mom had a hidden stash of eggs in the hay barn. Sometimes our gifts come in unexpected ways. Enjoy those new little peepers!

    Thanks for sharing your sweet and absolutely beautiful creatures with us. Truly they bring joy!

  8. I love this post too!
    It is so fun to see the different breeds that you have- each so beautiful.
    Those frizzle twins are too darn cute!
    By city ordinance I am only allowed to have 10 chickens- I have seven now and a rooster I need to find a home for- this is so hard because now that I have seen your girls I want one of each!

  9. I am so jealous of your farm life! I want chickens so badly that really am contemplating them in my backyard (we can get permits in the city if a large enough lot). Love your varieties!! So pretty and fun.

  10. I’ve never lived on a farm but I’ve always loved chickens. Glad to see there are others out there who appreciate these wonderful busy birds. Can a farm without them really be called a farm?

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