A New Flock on the Homestead
After the loss of one of our two pet chickens, it was time to get some new friends for our little chicken Buster. We certainly were not anticipating getting new chickens at this point in time, but Buster was lonely and needy. She did well when we were with her, but obviously we could not be around 24/7.
We ended up getting four Serama chickens. We had read a little bit about this breed and ended up getting the larger class D hens. We were looking for healthy, laying hens. They certainly are adding some variety to the homestead! Our little Buster has always been the smallest chicken with the cutest and smallest eggs. This is no longer the case. It is crazy to me how quickly she became the big one.
Our girl Lilah (Hebrew for night)
She has definitely been taking the bullying to a completely new level and letting everyone know she’s the boss. Initially, she didn’t want to let the other hens into the coop at night. She can be aggressive when they are trying to use the nesting boxes. We have had to separate her several times.
Our girl Barbie (Already broody)
Things are starting to settle down some, though, and now she will hang out with the rest of the flock. I know it could not have been the easiest thing for her to fit in with the other four when they were already used to each other. I have experience with being the outsider, too. I know she will overcome. I believe in her.
Our girl Nailie (named for her crazy long nails)
Getting four new chickens has definitely shaken up my routine. The most I have had at one time was three, but for most of my chicken mama career, it has only been two. There is so much more for me to keep up with now. I can take being a high-strung chicken mama to a new level. It hasn’t been that long, and I already have one broody hen to contend with.
Our girl Kota (Greek for hen)
I do think all the new hens are adorable. They are still a little skittish around us; I will be happy when they are comfortable. They do like that we give them treats. We finally have them all named. It is hard for my husband and me to agree on names. I am looking forward to new adventures, and I hope they will stay happy and healthy for a long time.
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