Well, I started with 9 chickens way back a few years ago, and even though I’ve lost a few here and there, I still now have more than I began with. It’s chicken math. I always just want one other breed. But now that mom has chickens, this chicken math has got my kitchen overflowing with eggs!
Right now I have a variety of my favorite breeds: 3 cochins, 3 speckled sussex, 2 production reds, 2 easter eggers, 2 buff orpingtons, a barred rock, a wyandotte, and a black australorp. One of the easter eggers and the australorp are the only ones left from my big flock from 2 years ago. The rest I got last spring, and I’ve only lost one. But I haven’t been letting them out.
Since we’ve been spending a lot of the day outside, I let them out for a bit this afternoon. I’m happy for them to enjoy making holes in the leaves in the woods behind our house. And I just love watching them.
The rooster is very watchful over his girls.
He called them while I was standing there, and they huddled up around him.
The speckled Sussex are the sweetest.
Hopefully I can keep letting them out without losing any. We’ll take it slow!