We started with 19 day old chicks in the spring of 2013. Everyone said we would loose a few with it being our first time but we didn't.
By the fall, we sold 9 of our pullets thinning the flock to 10 laying hens of 6 different breeds.
Lovey is my Maddie's White Leghorn and our best layer.
Sunny Side Up, a Black Sex-Link, is Jack's chicken and believes she is more dog than chicken most days.
Lacey belongs to Katelyn and is a Golden-Laced Wyandotte. She's at the top of the pecking order, much like our Kate. Tiny is our only remaining Golden Comet. Her sisters were some of the pullets that we sold. She was so undersized we held onto her. She lays large brown eggs almost every day.
Buffy and Goldy are two beautiful Buff Orpingtons. They are probably our most friendly and docile chickens. They love visitors and are perfect for our visitors who aren't real sure about chickens. Loudy, Fancy, Pretty and Fluffernutter are Americauna/Araucanas. Two lay cream colored eggs while two lay beautiful greenish blue eggs.
Spring 2014 revealed that I have a chicken problem. I ended up with 10 new breeds and 26 total chicks in three stages. After some hard lessons learned on integrating different aged and sized chicks, we still have 25 growing strong. They aren't all named quite yet for good reason. Some of these chicks will be table birds. We will keep you posted on the success of that venture.