Henrietta checking out the tractor
When we lived in the city we had an acre and a half and lived on a gravel road..but we were surrounded by city. We could walk to McDonalds and Braums, Spangles, Quiznos in less than 10 minutes..if we wanted to that is. The city law stated that we could have as many as 5 chickens but no rooster....so we got 6 chickens (didn't know we could only have 5 until we got the chickens). I fell in love with them...who'd have thought that a silly little chicken could win your heart!! We got to be real buddies...they followed me around the yard and clucked and pecked and had a good old time. They'd even jump up on the glider to visit with me. I named them all...unfortunately we lost one about a week after we got them but the remainder were Miss Betty Hen, Chicken Little, Extra Crispy (my husband named her) and my two favorites Henrietta and Rambo. I gave Rambo her name because she was the 'alpha' hen...protector...she would even kick my little alpha female Shih Tzu Chelseas butt if she came sneaking around. The girls endured two moves in 9 months but I think they've been happiest here on the farm where we allowed them to 'free range'. At the time we only had two Shih Tzu's and in the afternoon they shared their food water and the back porch with the chickens. We had bought a beautiflul young cockrel at the end of June and all 6 of them would be snoozing on the back porch with the dogs. We bought an Akbash pup (Shep) in September and he joined them. One day I caught my little Chelsea with feathers in her mouth chasing one of the girls so we made the sad decission to fence the girls in. I hated it! I still do. I hope you enjoy meeting the girls and maybe if you've ever thought of having chickens...you'll realize from this post that they are a lot of fun and worth a try if you have a fenced yard. Oh...and the eggs are a nice bonus!
Taking a closer look.
We raised these girls from chicks. From left to right Mocha Licorice Buttercup and in foreground another favorite...Marrigold.
Henrietta and Rambo is behind her
Chelsea watching the girls drink her water on the back porch.
Marrigold getting ready to lay an egg
Our handsome Romeo