Angie : We have been raising chickens for the last 6 or 7 years. All of our chickens from our first year are gone. But we still have 2 chickens from our second year. These 2 chickens were 2 of 3 survivors of the Great Massacre. We lost over 30 chickens to some foxes in 1 weekend. Two of my roosters survived. I thought that was all I was left with. And then out of the weeds comes a Barred Rock hen with several baby chicks trailing behind her! She had been brooding eggs so she wasn’t even present when those foxes raided our hen house.
Today, she still lays eggs on occasion. They are a beautiful light brown egg with a few speckles. In fact, this is the same hen that laid the very first egg we ever got. She will always have a home here with us no matter how old and unproductive she gets! Our other old chicken is a big Australorp rooster named Kevin. He is the king of the hen house and just about the sweetest rooster there is and the one that will cause a lot of broken hearts when he is no longer with us. We all just love his sweet, loving temperament.
I have been wanting to tell you that we were given 4 ducks by our neighbors. At one point this summer, we lost all of our ducks. So being gifted with 3 hens and a drake is marvelous! We have not named them yet. They all came named Bob. I think we will be a little more original than that. There are 2 Pekin hens and a pair of Rouens.
These ducks are not used to free-ranging. We have started leaving their pen door open. Slowly they are starting to venture out into the world. It has been odd not to have ducks foraging in the yard. I look forward to the day when they venture that far out of the barn!