Thursday, September 10, 2009
You may remember after the tragedy this spring, that I was never going to let my chickens free-range again. Well, never say never! Lately I have been spending so much on feed, and we have lots of land for the chickens to roam and peck, so I changed my mind.
At first, they were timid and didn't go far from the coop, but now they are all over the place. I think they are much happier when they can free-range and I love seeing them all over the yard. It makes me so happy to look out the window and see them.
The 5 chicks that were hatched in February are big now! All the pictures on this post are of those chicks. They were a mix of some of our chickens. There were 2 roosters out of that hatch. They are kinda funky looking! One is part top-hatter and part something else. The other is a buff orpington mix that kinda looks like he has a beard.
My favorite of the ones from that hatch is the hen below. I call her Big Red. She's much bigger than both of the roosters above. She is also feather footed, so she is part partridge cochin and probably part buff orpington. I think she's gorgeous!