Which came first? The chicken or the egg?
Well for blog purposes, I guess the egg. Since we talked about eggs first. So today I thought we'd talk chicken. And more particularly about our chickens. When Bryan first brought chicks home, I wasn't very keen on the idea. To be honest, I had a slight fear of chickens and heard they had all kinds of disgusting habits. But they were so cute and I soon fell in love with them. They grew much faster then I ever expected. The first batch we got were 2 Plymouth Rocks and 2 Rhode Island Reds, both American breeds which lay large eggs and are good meat quality. Everyone told me not to name them that they were fragile and would probably not make it, but they all did!! So here's our girls:
This is Tay-Tay, she's a Plymouth Rock and a total diva!! She likes a cuddle ;0)
This is Luna (on left), also, a Plymouth Rock, she's the dominant chicken and rules the roost!! and Gandette (on right), she a Rhode Island Red.
And this is Nugget, she's a Rhode Island Red. These were our first 4 and they helped me get over my fear of chickens!!
Since we successfully raised the first 4 we decided to do it again and get another 4.
This time we went with 4 Orpingtons. The Orpington is a breed of chicken named after the town of Orpington, Kent, in south-east England, which was made famous in part by this breed. It was bred to be an excellent layer with good meat quality. Nova and I lived in Kent (but in Maidstone)when we lived in England so Bryan thought it was a nice connection.
This is Buffy, one of our Orpingtons. She's a curious one. It's hard to get good pics when they're in the coop.I took these at feeding time yesterday evening. I'll have to get some better ones when they're out and all fluffed up, they're so pretty.(so you'll have to check back)
This is Pookie Peeps and Delta Deuce. All Orpingtons. We feed the chickens all the fruit and vegetable scrap which make them very happy. We also make them frozen treats in the summer. This makes them good producers. Nothing goes to waste on this farm ;0)
They're a lot of work but we love them and they are a useful part of the farm too. Their poop is a good fertilizer. Better than any you can buy.
I do enjoy collecting the fresh eggs everyday so they're worth all the effort.
Oh, and if you're ever on the farm, please don't mention the "good meat quality" thing in front of the birds. Thanks!!