We have been blessed to have backyard chickens for almost 6 months now & I am quickly becoming a crazy chicken lady! Today, I am introducing our newest family members with you guys & sharing all we have learned so far about being newbie chicken owners 🙂
Our Backyard Chickens
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I grew up in the city & suburbs my whole life so the idea of raising backyard chickens was completely foreign to me. Keeping backyard chickens seemed like a fabulous way of living out my dream to create a simple farm life in the suburbs for our family 🙂
Before getting started with our backyard chickens, I made sure to ask LOTS of questions of my chicken owner friends & completely strangers met at Tractor Supply.
Once our chicken coop was built & chicken supplies bought, we were ready to get started.
A lovely friend of a friend gifted us with 3 beautiful chickens. The kids named them Emma, Poppy & Buttercup.
Emma, our “head” chicken is a Brahma. Although she can bit of a bully to her sisters when food is around she is by FAR the sweetest & cuddliest chicken around. We adore the feathers on her feet & she is always ready for someone to pick her up & carry her around the yard.
Poppy & Buttercup are Swedish flower hens which is a breed that was in danger of going extinct just a few years ago. They are much better at foraging, egg laying & hiding than Emma is. We kid that Emma is just here for chicken “eye candy.”
Poppy is our free spirit, always ready to explore the yard & the first one to leave the chicken run when I open the door. She is def ready to get out of the run in this pic!
She can fly up higher than the other three & I often find her in foraging under thick bushes in our yard or on top of our tall wood piles.
Buttercup is our peacemaker/ drama queen, making sure to divide her time foraging the yard between Emma & Poppy while being sure to let everyone know about it.
The girls spend most of the day eating, drinking & scratching in their run always ready for their daily or twice daily free range time.
They love following the kids & I around the yard hoping we will show them where all the yummy bugs are hiding.
The girls have become regular egg layers & we usually get a dozen to a dozen & a half every week.
As you can see from our pictures, these chickens are really more like pets than farm animals & have brought us so much joy. Just watching them interact with one another is extremely calming & peaceful.
In the future, we hope to add a few more chickens to our flock but for now we are just enjoying these girls.
If you are thinking about raising backyard chickens of your own & have any questions please reach out & I am happy to try & answer them!