A Few Cool Chicks

A bird nerd in her glory!
I have wanted chickens for a long, long time. Aside from the fact that they're pets that can make you breakfast, I just find them weird and hilarious and fascinating. I love the way they look, I love the funny sounds they make, and I could spend endless hours just watching them scratch around.

One of my favorite books is a beautiful, photo-rich coffee table book entitled, "Extraordinary Chickens." I have seen the "Chicken People" documentary on Netflix. I get giddy at the sight of poultry competition set-ups at county fairs. I really like chickens.

So when we finally bought our property last year and had room for a flock of my own, I immediately started obsessively researching what breed of chicken I wanted to get and what type of housing and management would be best for them. Naturally, I couldn't get just any old boring chickens, so I ended up with a small flock of four Silkies. Because who doesn't want their own flock of tiny muppet chickens!?

Meet the girls:


Edna Mode, who is skeptical of this kiwi I tried to give them as a snack. 



 Harriet, who is absolutely adorable but a little special. I had to give her a haircut when she first arrived because her head was so poofy she couldn't see to find her food.


Jolene, who is all around faaaaaaahbulous! 


 And Belinda, who is the largest, bravest, and has the most 'tude of all the chickens.

The flock had to take a long trip up from Florida to get here, but they're adjusting well and have been so much fun so far! I'm trying to get them to eat different treats and snacks (so far raspberries and mealworms are the only things they're into) and get them used to being picked up and handled. While very docile, they are not very snuggly or interactive with people.

YET.

I will make them love me.


Hopefully this weekend we'll be able to do some work on their coop and outdoor run to make it more safe and secure for the little ladies so that they'll be able to play outside every day!

Does anyone else have a weird chicken obsession?

Comments

  1. oh i have been waiting for this post since seeing them on IG! :) So cute. I would love to have chickens here but we have so much wildlife around I dont think I would sleep even if they were in a predator proof pen outside. :) But these ones you have are great......so funny you have a chicken obsession. I grew up with Banty chickens (so much attitude) at my family home. Looking forward to following along.

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  2. oh my god alli, leave some cute for the rest of us come on now

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  3. I've had chickens for about 10 years. I finally convinced my husband to get them when we went to his cousin's house in London and they had chickens in their backyard. It was awesome. They are pretty easy to have around, but you have to have realistic expectations for how "pet" like they will be. We have had over a hundred chickens in the pas 10 years. We have daily interaction with them and they free range. Some chickens just want to chicken. They aren't wired to be pets like other animals. We have had a few exceptions, but even the hand raised chicks we have had have not wanted to be pets. However, they are so fun to watch. They are hard wired to do what they do and I love observing them.
    Congrats and have fun!

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  4. Guilty! I'm getting a dozen fertilized eggs this generati and we see hatching them in a home made incubator. Then we will breed our own a few times to get the egg colors we want!!

    I'm also building my own coop.

    I am v. Excited!

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    1. Ffs my phone's men keyboard is so defiant. February, not generati !!

      Also, chickens truly do have the most hysterical personalities and behaviors. I love watching them! So I'm excited to have a little herd of velociraptors of my own running around!

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    2. Ohhh how exciting!! What breed(s) are you getting!? PLEASE blog about the process! Or just keep me updated. We are already thinking about building a bigger/better walk-in coop instead of the rabbit-hutch style we have now. Which means more chickens. It's an addiction.

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  5. My husband is the one with the weird chicken obsession, so I'm definitely not showing him this post 🤣 your girls are so cute!

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  6. I was never a chicken person until my friend got some silkies, and now I think they're the cutest things ever! I love that yours are all different colors so you can easily tell them apart... Also, you're making them love you made me lol...

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  7. They are so gorgeous! I dont have them because of my dogs, but my neighbours duck has moved in and Im pretty smitten on her. Good luck and cant wait to learn all about them!

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  8. Silkies are my favorite breed too

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  9. I am 1000% a crazy chicken lady! I love my hennies. I constantly want more girls/ to at enriching things to their pens.

    I wish we could free range, but the dogs are not quiet gentle enough.

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    1. What kinds of fun things do you put in their pens for them? Mine are getting BORED and need some activities to do!

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  10. Congrats! Those are my favorite types of chickens. I'm hoping to get some in the spring.

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  11. I'm totally obsessed! I can't have chickens where I live, but totally geek out over them any time I do see some. I'm living vicariously through blogs and youtube lol

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