So, as many of y’all know, my family owns six chickens. Two of them are Buff Orpington’s, and the other four are Rhode Island Red’s. Their names are Theodosia, Maude, Miranda Prissy, Polly, and Maxine.
Yes, we can all tell them apart. At first it was kind of hard, but we’ve had them about a year so now it’s really easy! 🙂
Our chickens lay whopper eggs. They’re HUGE. And I’m not exaggerating. One actually had a triple yolk. That was really cool. But one egg in particular was the biggest we had ever seen. We measured it, and we looked up the largest egg record and our egg was just a few centimeters smaller than the worlds largest egg (at least in height)! That was really neat!!! 🙂
It’s a lot of fun having chickens.
There is something thrilling about opening the nesting boxes and finding a perfect brown egg nestled in the straw!
No matter how many times I have gathered eggs, every time I see an egg, I’m always excited!
We get about three to five eggs a day. I think for a few weeks we didn’t get any, but now they are laying again. I think all chickens go through a short amount of time where they don’t lay though.
I love listening to the chickens clucking quietly, and watching them roam our yard, searching the earth beneath them for worms and bugs. They are just so peaceful to watch. And our chickens let us pick them up! All except Maude. You can read more about her here.
I really don’t mind taking care of the chickens. In fact, I rather enjoy it. Most of the time anyway :).
And I love being able to say that I own chickens. I’ve always wanted to live on a farm, and having chickens makes that dream come true just a little bit. Now I just have to convince my Daddy to get a cow…!!! 🙂
Our chickens definitely love people (all except Maude that is). If you go outside, they will be right beside you in a heartbeat. Maybe that’s because we give them stale bread sometimes 🙂
But they will eat out of your hand and sometimes they will follow you around the yard! It’s a lot of fun!
There is one downer about owning chickens though.
DUM DUM DUM DUMMMMMM * Sung to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony *
Here it goes.
They use the bathroom all over the yard,
which means you may not be able to go barefoot in the Summer. 😦
I still go barefoot though, and if I accidentally step on something (which I have done plenty of times), I just wash off my feet! 🙂
And that’s that! 🙂
I hope y’all enjoyed this post! It was really fun to write it!