The Angelina Jolie of Chickens

For years my flock has consisted largely of Americana chickens, docile birds who are good layers of green or olive eggs. But this year, diversity has been the theme. I just can’t seem to resist new breeds.

hamburgIn addition to the original Americanas, of which two remain, I have a Black Australorp and Rhode Island Red (brown eggs), a couple of Silkies, little white puffballs with feathered feet who are great mothers and lay small white eggs, and my favorite from the original flock, Houdini, a Hamburg hen who escapes the chicken area every day to lay her white egg in the bushes.

When I ordered chicks, I decided to go for exotics, so I have two Cream Legbars (turquoise eggs), three Coco Marans (mahagony colored eggs), a Black Orpington, an Olive Egger, and a Rhodebar.  Some of these look pretty strange. Here’s a Coco Maran and a Black Orpington with her feathered feet:

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And here’s a Cream Legbar:
Optimized.Cream.LegbarTwo new chicks are Buff Brahmas, which I got at the feed store for my persistently setting Silkie, who needed some chicks to raise.  Here she is feeding them corn from her own beak:

Optimized.hen.and.chicksBut the strangest looking chickens in the flock are Egyptian Fayoumis. I drove up to Sonoma for these odd, tiny chickens, more like the size of a dove.  When grown, they will look like this:

FayoumiHere they are now with a couple of 6-week old Rhode Island Red chicks–just about their size:


Of course, I had to enlarge the hen house to make room for this new bunch–the total is now 21.  It’s got to stop here!


2 thoughts on “The Angelina Jolie of Chickens

  1. You’re welcome. I was chastised by another reader for letting the urban farm category lapse, so will try to do better.

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