Chicken Tales

| 11/20/2008 4:59:51 PM

Tags: chickens, Welsummer, Delaware, eggs,

Welsummer Rooster

Raising chickens this time around has certainly turned out to be quite an adventure for my husband and me! We received our adorable little fluff balls back in May. After changing our minds many times, we finally agreed on two different breeds of chickens to try. We got 27 chickens in all, 12 Welsummers, and 15 Delawares. It was very interesting for me to see the different characteristics of each breed as they grew. Although both are friendly, the Delawares are extremely tame, loving human contact.

Delaware rooster and two hens on the feeder

Welsummer roosters and hens

Over the course of the last six months we have lost two chickens to unknown causes. The first was a Welsummer hen when she was very young. She was smaller than all the rest right from the start, and she seemed stunted. She never grew properly and got very weak, so we pulled her out of the flock. The second was just a few weeks ago, and was a bit harder on us than the first. Our beloved Henny Penny got sick. We don’t know why. We pulled her out from the rest of the chickens, and moved her into a pen in our basement. We tried to save her, and she improved for a while, but then she started to go downhill fast and died.

Henny Penny

8/19/2013 6:24:57 PM

where did you get the welsummers from?

michael newman
3/27/2013 4:22:47 PM

I'd love to know where you got your Delawares and Welsummers from!

3/27/2013 4:12:39 PM

Lori - I'd love to know where you got your Welsummer and Delawares from, those birds are gorgeous!

cindy murphy
11/22/2008 10:41:28 AM

HA! I imagined he'd have such a name; he looks like he should be called "Ace".

11/21/2008 9:31:08 PM

Cindy, the rooster in the first photo's name is Ace. If the brooding hen that I now call "mama" manages to hatch, I will post photos. I have not seen her off the nest in three days! I have taken to feeding her from my hand, and giving her water from a small cup so she doesn't even have to move.

cindy murphy
11/21/2008 9:22:22 AM

As usual, Lori, your pictures are gorgeous. I wonder what the guy's name is in the first photo; he's quite the handsome bird. Keeping my fingers crossed for you that you'll get those Christmas stocking peeps; you'll have to post of photo of them.

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