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My Pet Chickens

Faithful HomesteaderI am not sure if people would consider two chickens a flock, but that is what I have. They are my girls and I am very protective of them. I ended up with chickens when we had a stray chicken wander into our yard. We had no idea where it came from and really didn’t know anyone close to us that had chickens.

These are my girls.

My husband wanted to have chickens so we bought one other chicken to keep the stray company. We have a small place so it was not practical to get many chickens and we were just starting out. We were figuring things out as we went along. It wasn’t long before I took over most of the caregiving and they became my pets.

I read early on about chickens and that they were social creatures. I learned that if you had a small flock of chickens then it was necessary to spend extra time with them. I really aim to do this. On days when I don’t get to spend as much time with the girls, I really hate it and hope they are okay. I do my best to keep them from getting lonely or bored.

Generally, I go outside, find a spot and sit down. They usually come to me and they hang out and do what chickens do like eating grass and scratching around for bugs. I enjoy these times with the girls. It is relaxing and I get to observe the girls to check for any behaviors that could signal something is wrong. 

I wouldn’t mind having more chickens and we did actually have three at one point, but one died. We don’t have the best set up to keep new chickens in quarantine or to isolate them from the other chickens for a time. I don’t want to bring in a potentially sick chicken that could infect my girls.

What I do like about just having the two chickens is that I can easily keep track of them and clean up after them. I know their individual sounds and personalities. They are as much my pets as my cat. There is just that added bonus of the yummy eggs.  

 

 

faithfulhomesteader
12/30/2015 5:04:03 PM

Thanks for sharing NebraskaDave. Yes that is quite a different experience :-). Have a great day a new year.


nebraskadave
12/27/2015 8:25:45 AM

Faithful Homesteader, my experience with chickens was quite different than yours. We did have laying hens but they were old bittys that pecked at me when I tried to gather the eggs. Mom always grew a few fryers for the freezer and my job was to clean out the chicken house after they were gone. So, yeah, my experience was more of toleration than love. The closest I come to having chickens is the wild turkeys that roam through my garden scratching a goobling up the bugs. My garden has a natural spring watering hole so they keep my garden pretty bug free. ***** Have a great chicken petting day.