Chicken family history October 29, 2012

As most peeps here at My Pet Chicken, I keep a small flock of backyard chickens. Currently I have just a small flock of three, but I’ve had as many as seven. I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I did spend a lot of time at my Grandparents’ farm. They didn’t have chickens, though, so I started this chicken adventure as a newbie with no chicken family history—that I was aware of. Now I know better, though. I do have chicken family history, after all!

Chicken family history--great grandma's chickens

This past summer my grandfather stayed at my house, and while we were talking we got on the subject of “what I’m doing for work these days.” (Saying that I work for My Pet Chicken is always a conversation starter!) He didn’t know that they STILL sent chicks through the mail, since that’s how it was done when he was a kid! I knew that chickens were a small farm staple back in the day, so it wasn’t a surprise that he had chickens on his parents’ dairy farm. And I am sure he must have mentioned this before, too, but as a chicken keeper myself now, I had more interest and wanted to know more details.

He started out with, “Well, they were Mom’s chickens.” I find it interesting that it wasn’t just that they had chickens… but that they were “Mom’s chickens.”  And in the 1920s my family did not regard chickens as pets like we do today. Grandpa said that his mom was the one that would take them behind the wood shed when it was their turn to be dinner that night. However, I knew my great grandmother as a frail old lady—she died in her 90s when I was in high school—so I have a hard time picturing her butchering chickens!

Grandpa explained some more about my “chicken family history.” Every spring, great grandma would order 100 white leghorns that would come by mail. They were ordered straight run, since that is the only way they came. In the fall the roosters had the fate of being dinner. Once the new chicks were laying well, the year-old hens were sold in town. Sometimes a few of the roos were sold, too, for extra money.

Chicken family history--great grandma and her chickens

My Great Grandmother in the 1920s with her chickens

She sold—or, rather, traded—the eggs to the local grocery store, Kroger. Grandpa said Kroger bought eggs from all the farms, and that Kroger candled the eggs on site, since they didn’t want any of the fertilized eggs to hold surprises for their customers! He told me about the metal egg carrier that his mom would use to take the eggs into town once a week. It held 12 dozen eggs, 24 in a square and 6 layers deep. Great grandma didn’t get paid for them directly, but rather traded them for store credit, and this was how they bought their groceries.

I found this story fascinating and love the idea that the store eggs were actually real eggs from local farms. It would be great if my local Kroger would ‘buy’ my eggs in exchange for store credit! With the growing local small farm and urban farm movement maybe this will again become the way things are done.

A little over a week after this conversation my Grandfather died from complications of lung cancer. He was 90. His last non-hospital breakfast was bacon and eggs that I cooked him with eggs from my chickens.



Fresh Eggs tin sign


We’d like to offer a cool, rustic “Fresh Eggs” tin sign to one lucky My Pet Chicken blog commenter located in the US!

To enter the contest, comment on this blog post below to tell us either about your own chicken family history, or how you intend to create some chicken family history for your own family. One winner will be chosen at random from among the qualifying comments.

Contest ends Nov 12, 2012. Winners will be contacted via email, and must respond promptly–within 48 hours of notification–to claim their prize. 

Kristen D October 29th, 2012

We’re starting our own chicken history this year! We’ve got a small backyard flock of 5 bantam cochins, 4 Ameracaunas and 1 Australorp.

Heather October 29th, 2012

Beautiful story! I love the family history accounts. My great-great grandfather had chickens, and my mom remembers following his foot steps (barefoot) through the chicken house and every time she went to a nest to check for eggs, he’d say, “Watch out! She’ll bite ya!”

Cheri Childers October 29th, 2012

I would love to win this sign. 🙂

Rachel Heinze October 29th, 2012

I hope to start a family history of keeping chickens. My grandmother kept doves but I think I’m the first one in decades to actually keeps chickens. Hopefully my kids will continue keeping chickens when they’re grown.

Linda Atkin October 29th, 2012

This spring we bought our first baby chicks and ever since there has been no looking back, we are officially hooked on having chickens!! The only question that we have had is why we didn’t do it sooner. We have 6 ladies and each one of them has their own personalities, Hilda is our friendliest and as soon as she sees me she makes a beeline straight for me and hops up in my lap!! I’m not sure where our adventure with chickens will take us but I’m looking forward to many years of fun with our ladies!!!

Teresa October 29th, 2012

What wonderful memories!

Martin October 29th, 2012

My wife decided that we should raise chickens. So we have started our own family tradition of chicken raising. Turns out that both my Mother and Grandmother had chickens as little girls; something I never heard of growing up. Since we started to raise our own chickens, my mother has gushed on about how she loved it as a little girl. My wife’s family also raised chickens and that was one of the reasons she decided to get us some hens. The criteria for the chickens she chose was in the exact order as follows: Pretty, cold hearty, and good egg layers. We ordered 10 but sadly only 5 survived the trip in the mail. Our remaining two Austrolorps, one Rhode Island Red, one Plymouth Rock Barre, and one Silver Laced Wyndotte are now laying eggs and we could not be more thrilled. Our 10 year old son just loves them. We do too.

Michelle Zabell October 29th, 2012

Love this! I have a similar story. My great grandmother, who also died when I was in high school, raised chickens. I didn’t know this until my grandmother, who is now in her 90s, found out that I ordered chicks from “My Pet Chicken.” She loved the name of the company and said that I remind her of her mother. She said, “Oh, my mother had chickens and she loved them so much. We only ate their eggs and they got to live out their whole lives on her farm (this was in the 1920s). If we needed chicken, she went into town and bought some. Nobody was allowed to hurt them” We do the same thing here. All of our chickens are named after famous women authors or literary characters. Their coop is like a little chicken palace. Thank you for the smile this morning. <3

Kristina Fehr October 29th, 2012

My great-grandmother on my dads side used to own chickens that were kept for eggs, my grandmother couldn’t stand them! All my life I grew up thinking chickens were these nasty animals! Oh how wrong I was!! My uncle took me to his friends house and introduced me to his small backyard flock and i just fell in love, they were the most curious little creatures! Fast forward 10 years and now I have my own backyard flock that is currently in a dog crate waiting out frankenstorm 🙁 poor girls!

Kelsie October 29th, 2012

I’m the first in my family to keep chickens in a long while. My great, great grandmother on my father’s side had a tiny farm in an even tinier town called Byars, Oklahoma. She raised chickens and had a huge garden. Her husband handled the cows. I went to visit the farmhouse several years back. It is in total disrepair now, but I could almost see her out there in the yard feeding her chickens and hanging clothes on the line. My favorite story about her and my father is that he got a dyed baby chick for Easter one year. It was dyed blue, and his brother got another one (dyed pink). They raised them at their house and then when they got too big, my brother and uncle took their chicks to live on the farm. My dad and uncle would spend every summer at the farm, and my dad would always watch my great, great grandma pick out a chicken for Sunday dinner and wring its neck. She would then give the chicken to my dad to pluck. One Sunday, she grabbed a chicken from the bunch and dispatched it. She handed it to my dad and he started plucking it…until he reached the pinfeathers…the BLUE pinfeathers. He said he cried all afternoon and could NOT eat the chicken come dinnertime. He still gets a little teary-eyed when he tells the story. My dad is a great advocate of chicken welfare, so he loves that I’ve got a backyard flock now. He loves even more that I’m not going to eat them. 🙂

Mindy Knappenberger October 29th, 2012

I have no family history of chicken-keeping to my knowledge, and the generation that I could have asked is all gone. I started this year with 25 chickens to create my own! I <3 my chickens, and share the excess eggs with friends, family, & neighbors. Who knows, maybe I'll have a little egg business someday! Thanks for the opportunity and the story :).

Susan October 29th, 2012

No family history that I know of…but I’m starting my own right now! I have four hens in the garden, and I love them to bits.

Casie October 29th, 2012

My Grandparents don’t remember having chickens growing up, but I sure do hope that my kids will have their own flocks someday!

Michelle October 29th, 2012

My aunt and grandma both keot chickens always. I love having my first flock, they are 6 onths. this sign would be a great addition to my coop!

JIM N BECKY October 29th, 2012

i am a new chicken keeper with rhode island reds, i am getting wonderful eggs and in the morning i sit on my little stool across from the coop with my coffee and watch their morning antics and the hens that take turns running in the coop and lay their eggs. and boy do they make some serious noises. i have sold some eggs allready to the boy scout troop for their camping trips. i can’t wait for spring to get new babies and selling more eggs and maybe some chickens. we live on a hwy so get alot of traffic and advertising for selling.

Kemp Cove October 29th, 2012

There is NO family chicken history in my family, we are definitely the first! But everyone loves them, loves hearing the stories and eating the eggs. I think we won’t be the last.

Gust Front Farm October 29th, 2012

My family on both sides has deep agricultural roots. I, however, was raised a child of suburbia. When I told my grandma that I was getting chickens, she burst out laughing. No way could her citified, outdoor-phobic granddaughter handle chickens and their mess, much less butcher them.

I’m proud to say that I’ve proven grandma wrong. I love having chickens and even expanded to ducks and turkeys. While a couple of our birds are pets, the rest are valued members of our small farm enterprise. I even managed to butcher our first two tom turkeys. Our whole family is now involved with our poultry projects and we are thoroughly obsessed!

Stephanie Hankins October 29th, 2012

What a sweet sign to put on my coop!

Kim October 29th, 2012

We started with Chickens this past spring, and we are hooked! Our kids are teenagers and don’t bother much with them. Me and my husband absolutely love them. It’s never a dull moment, they are better then TV. Our head hen just went broody yesterday, so now we are having to educate ourselves about that some more. Here’s to happy chicken people!

Angie morig October 29th, 2012

I recently started a small flock of 8 silkie bantams earlier this spring. I thank them daily for my beautiful eggs and visit with them often. I have planted lots of chicken salad in raised beds that they graze in, as well as sweet peas and nasturtiums, another favorite. We place orange rind in the garden at night for a slug treat.

These chickens have been a bright and wonderful spot in each and every day.

Holly Kipfmiller October 29th, 2012

When I was a child, we had chickens that my mom took care of. I swore I would never have chickens myself. My husband started talking about getting chickens as soon as we moved into our house that has a small barn with an area for small animals (previously goats). This spring we bit the bullet and ordered 26 hens! We received 27. One didn’t make it. Then we went out and got 2 Roo’s and a hen that matched (BCM’s). Now I absolutely adore my chickens!! They are my new babies and I am so excited that they have started laying! So Awesome! Plan to continue this for years!

Cathy October 29th, 2012

What a lovely story. I especially loved the picture of your grandmother and her leghorns. We had chickens when my first child was small and didn’t replace them after they were gone until now. It’s been about 10 years but we are starting again with 14 brown egg layers, a refurbished coop built by my husband and a chance from my second child to know the joy of raising chickens. I don’t think we’ll stop this time. I’m not sure why we waited so long. I would love this sign to go on their new home which they will soon occupy when they get out of the brooder. Thanks again for sharing your story.

Heather Harris October 29th, 2012

My great aunt had chickens growning up. As children we use to play with the chickens as they free ranged in her back yard. She had a lil coop that looked like an old simple farm house straight sides, tin roof and tall enough to walk around in. We loved gathering the eggs for her and helping her cook. She tought me a lot about the kitchen and gardening. My back yard girls have brought much joy to my home as her’s did her.

Carol S October 29th, 2012

Love the story. My Grandparents had chickens and my Uncle would raise them for $ during his high school days. That was the big thing to go feed the chickens some corn when we visited. Now my sisters and I all have chickens!

would love to have the sign reminds me of Grandpa’s farm!

Wendy October 29th, 2012

Love your story…I too found out we had Chicken History in our family after I started my own flock. I found out I had alot in common with my Grandmother… I never got to meet her… she passed away before I was born. My “girls” not only provide great entertainment but they have given me another way to pass on my family’s history! 🙂

Karen October 29th, 2012

We were chicken virgins too when we got our first chickens. We got 6 started pullets, babies were just too scarey! I always wanted chickens because when I was a kid my grandma had them. She lived in Virginia, I lived in Ohio. She “gave” me a bantam rooster that lived on her farm and I could visit. I went to school the next day and told everyone about “my” chicken. We’ve had chickens now for over 8 years and can’t imagine life without them!

Mindi October 29th, 2012

I just started chickening this spring. Have a flock of four and would live the sign to hang on my coop !! My kids love their girls !

Danielle October 29th, 2012

I started chickens with my kids with no knowledge of family history. After getting them and Grandpa (my father in law) helping build the coop, he started talking about how it reminded him of Germany. He soon found pictures of his aunts holding chickens in beautiful Alsace village and then in NYC where they planted a victory garden over where the chickens were. He said they loved what the manure did for the plants!

Joann McGregor October 29th, 2012

I guess from a long line of chicken farmers, early 1920’s my grandparents raised chickens-sold eggs, part of Love Field in Dallas, Texas belonged to my grandparents! My parents raised meat chickens every year when I was younger. Serveral times over the years I raised layers for my own use, now again have layers -19-13 Red Stars, 3-leghorns,2 RIR,1 Sexlink-sell the extras, first time for me raising meat chickens- 21 growing strong and my get big fast…will be ready the first week of December. Love introducing all the kids to the flock-our next chicken farmers!

jen smith October 29th, 2012

I wanted chickens since I was 12. My best friend up teh street had them. My mom always said we couldn’t due to the restrictions in our neighborhood. I licve in sorta the same neighborhood and just recently my husband found out that we could have chickens. SOOO excited! we built our coop in April and have 14 hens now. Love them all and cant wait to get new breeds.

Mary R October 29th, 2012

It’s funny, my Grandmother had chickens and this is why I wanted chickens. Maybe I wanted them initially, as it brought back a lot of childhood memories of my Grandparents and their farm. They didn’t farm commercially, but I sure remember feeding chickens, baling hay/straw, digging potatoes and feeding the horses and couple steers my uncle kept for roping and keeping sharp for his stint in the Sheriff’s Posse. I miss those days sometimes and the chickens help keep my memories alive. I’ve learned so much about chickens…I’m a researcher and sought out a lot of information before I got them so it made it a whole new adventure for me along with providing myself and my family and friends with eggs to share. Hope all have had as great a chicken endeavor as myself!!

Amanda B October 29th, 2012

What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing this tender memory. My family and I are new backyard chicken owners and absolutely love our small flock of 7. We are very passionate about the idea of getting back to natural living. Just recently, on a trip to visit my grandmother, I found out my great-grandmother raised chickens too! I would LOVE it if grocery stores supported local farms again. It is great to read the other comments and see chicken keeping becoming a common thing again!

Mearl October 29th, 2012

When I was growing up my mom always had a lot of chickens . I remember how excited she would get when a hen hatched out a family of baby chicks. I remember one yr. someone gave her some duck eggs and she put them under a broody hen. I still remember seeing that poor hen wading up and down that creek screeching for her babies to get out of the water. Poor hen probably thought her baby chicks were crazy.

Rachael F October 29th, 2012

My dad and uncle grew up on their grandmother’s New Mexico farm, chickens and all. I got my first flock from three years ago, and started to revive the family interest in chickens. My family, Aunt, Uncle, Dad, Cousins, Daughter, now, again, tend their chicken flocks. Compairing the quantity of eggs and chickens, green eggs, blue eggs, brown eggs, speckled eggs, chocolate eggs, double yolk, etc., etc. Our family has enjoyed all of my dad’s boyhood stories, the good, the bad, the ugly. From Great-Grannie pouring cloroform through the floor boards of the chicken coop to knock out skunks, before the skunks untimely end. (surely illegal these days). To how us new comers (me and my cousins), under estimate the hardiness of chickens. Thank you to for creating such wonderful family history and pretty eggs!

Marilyn H. October 29th, 2012

I started keeping chickens when my girls were small. They loved taking care of them and feeding them. They are grown now but I still love my hens!

Karen Doll October 29th, 2012

I’m the chicken keeping pioneer in my family…I’ve been keepings backyard chickens for 2 1/2 years now and I’m lovin’ it !!! Chickens are so easy to care for, TONS of fun to watch, and give my family and I GREAT backyard farm fresh eggs !!! They love to chat with me, each with their own unique personality as they roam around our backyard !!! LOVE the sign…what a great giveaway ! Thanks !

Cynthia Vissers October 29th, 2012

LOVE reading this! To learn more about my chicken family history, read above…author is my cuz!

Julie Pease October 29th, 2012

We started homesteading in the country about a year ago – moving from the big city. What a lifestyle change! We’ve started a wonderful collection of chickens including being blessed by gifts of an Americauna and a Dominicker Rooster and several of the same breeds hens by a sweet local couple, and the most recent addition of 25 Buff Orpingtons chicks that we received in the mail from MyPetChicken! The BO’s haven’t started laying yet, but the others have and we’re getting beautiful pink, aqua, brown, and gray eggs! My city-born-and-raised eleven year-old son has claimed the chicken caretaker role and loves it! No one in my family in my lifetime has raised chickens. We’re the first and we’re amazed daily by these interesting creatures!

Darcy October 29th, 2012

My flock of 10 is such a wonderful way to bond with my teenage son. He adores the chickens, and gets really ‘egg’cited about collecting them! Especially when our Auracauna PeggySue gives us a blue one 🙂

I know my son will continue our chicken-keeping family tradition with his own children one day!

Kimberly Cherry October 29th, 2012

I have a picture of my great grandmother feeding her chickens. Indeed they were her chickens. From them she was able to squirrel away the “egg money” in a tin on the kitchen shelf. In those days, that was the only money she had absolute say on how it was spent. It usually was used to buy the kids school shoes, once a year and herself some fabric for a new dress. Chickens meant modest independence.

Coleen October 29th, 2012

I was raised a city girl as were my parents. We now live in a semi rural area, away from the congestion of the city and we love it. We started out with 4 girls which we got just to have fresh eggs, but now have 7 chickens and a duck. Even though my family considers them my girls I know that they love them as much as I do and as the kids get older will want to raise their own flock.

Cynthia October 29th, 2012

We have started our own family history of raising chickens. We got 8 chick hens this past Spring and lost one to illness. We then adopted a silkie rooster, Spock, whom we love. Our black silkie, Georgette, went broodie on us and we were going to have baby chicks in a week until my husband by chance locked her from eggs. Better luck next time Georgette! Our girls provide us with so many eggs that we are going to have to start selling them. My husband calls me “The Chicken Whisper” because when I am outside they follow me every where. I can get a stick and herd them to where ever I want them to go if I need them to move faster.

Shirley October 29th, 2012

I have been around chickens ever since I can remember. My mom also sold
eggs in town. I now have a rather large flock, about 50 I raise on an acreage.
They are so much fun to raise.

Debbie Gehlken October 30th, 2012

We started with one small coop. Then my husband build a small coop for broody mom and babies…then another coop for teenagers. Now starting another coop for the teens to move into…….And so on.

david October 30th, 2012

we live in a large neighberhood outside the loop in houston texas, in the spring-klein area ,we do not have land. One day my mom whent to pik up feed for my sters horses she stables them, any ways im in the driveway and mom pulls in and says grab that feed and those chicks out of my tahoe. i said as you an imagine! CHICKS?? what chicks to which she replied just go get them, aAnd i need a coop built today to which i replied have you lost your mind we live in a subdivision!!! she just didnt care s i built a 12×12 coop we have 6 amarcaunas, they are about 7 mnths od out of the 6 ….4 are laying just wating on the other 2 to start produceing , i think i ve messng with them as much as mom she is 72,dad is 84 i thnk these chicks have given her a purpose t enjoy her yard and makes her very happy, Dad on the other hand just doesnt get t but he does enjoy a good omellette. haha

Evelyn Qualls October 30th, 2012

My husband spent a lot of time with chickens at his grandparents home during his childhood. I was not so lucky. Retired and looking for something to do, we are now raising chickens. We have some hilly terrain, and it sure has helped his diabetes to be exercising daily caring for the chickens. It is a delight to collect eggs, and watch their personalities develop. We currently have one Lavender Orpington and nine Black Australorp chicks which we incubated ourselves. I never realized how you could become so attached to a chicken. We are hoping for many years of happy chicken watching. Thanks to all of you fellow chicken watchers for sharing your experiences. Oh, the chicks are in addition to a flock of Red hens which are our egg layers!! 🙂

Jeff November 1st, 2012

I love our chickens. They are so much fun to have. My aunt and Uncle came to visit in September and were excited about eggs; they were hoping to take some home and were very surprised that they weren’t laying yet (19 weeks old). I just had to laugh. We are now collecting fresh eggs everyday. The kids will ask for eggs for breakfast. One of our boys will ask for chicken eggs (from the backyard) or regular eggs (from the store).

Jennifer Hansen November 2nd, 2012

We have pet chickens – I think around 16 right now (2 are roosters) – all have names and are hilarious to watch. Their favorite foods are waffles and mac and cheese!

Judi Kuhl November 2nd, 2012

My husband and I started our own family chicken history three years ago. We have two Buff Orps, an Easter Egger, and a Golden Laced Wyandotte from that first “batch”. This year, we added some different breeds — four Delaware’s and two Australorp’s, and another Easter Egger. The older hens have taken a break from laying, and the young ones haven’t started yet, so we are waiting on the edge of our seat to start getting fresh eggs again! Can’t wait!

Michele November 2nd, 2012

As a young girl, we would visit my grandma Hazel in Kansas, and every spring she would order 100 Rhode Island Reds. I loved to spend all my visiting time out in the chicken house/yard. Those little peepers fascinated me. They would tug on my shoelaces and walk all over my shoes, of course I wasn’t allowed back in my grandma’s house with my now poo covered shoes…Today, I have my own flock of several breeds of chickens, although no RIRs, those roosters are just too mean when they mature.

Lisa Pedro November 2nd, 2012

It is pretty cool that I recently found out that my mother had chickens when she was a kid. She remembers having to clean them for dinner. I had know that my Dad had chickens as a kid, but never knew my mom did.

Nicole November 2nd, 2012

From what I know, I don’t believe any of my ancestors were farmers, and therefore I’d doubt that any of them kept chickens. But I hope to be the first! 🙂

Rhonda November 2nd, 2012

Both my Grandmothers raised chickens, my maternal grandparents had a farm but my paternal grandparents didn’t, evidently my paternal great grandmother had chickens as well since her daughters wedding picture has some what look like rir’s pecking around their feet and I have a much later picture of great grandma sitting on her porch with a pretty hen in her lap. I have a small flock again now after a few years break and I’m planning on expanding it quite a lot next year. There’s nothing as cute and funny as chickens and fresh eggs are so much better.

Kristen E. Martin November 2nd, 2012

I would love to talk about making chicken history, but sadly as of Monday Nov, 29th, my chickens ARE history…thanks to my stupid dog. My grandmother raised chickens, and someone gave her some turkey eggs, so she raised them, too.

Susan November 3rd, 2012

Many times over the last six years I have considered getting chickens, and then talked myself out of it. We thought they would be awfully dirty, smelly things covered in lice that would be too much work to bother with. Each spring I’d get the catalogues from the feed store and pick out my favourites but never follow through because we didn’t have a coop and weren’t ready to raise chicks. I was beginning to think I’d never have chickens.
That all changed when an old friend had to rehome her small flock of four assorted hatchery layers because she lived in a city that didn’t permit backyard chickens. They came with names, half a bag of scratch, and a bunny hutch. That was the beginning, and the start of me becoming a crazy chicken lady. I now have 12, various ages and breeds with an orchard run and daily treats. Many times my teen daughters have come out to throw them grapes and watch them run, scratch and peck. It’s a nice feeling being able to connect with them like that, quietly without electronics and noise. My husband loves them as much as I do too, continuously improving the coop, water and feed systems etc. I love going to visit with them in the mornings to let them out, and at night to put them to bed. They are delightful little creatures that are so much more than egg layers. That’s a good thing too, since I still haven’t gotten my first egg yet! I would LOVE to win the sign – I’ve been thinking about decorating the coop with reproduction antique egg signs and chicken things! Thanks for the opportunity to share!

Lidia November 3rd, 2012

I just love hearings your story. Thanks for sharing. I have a story from my family past

Teiva November 10th, 2012

We used to have a bunch of nice egg layers until the neighbors dog got into them! We plan on getting more soon since said dog is no longer around.

Judy November 10th, 2012

My first exposure to hens was at my grandmother’s farm…from the rooster waking me in the morning, to the scooping out of the chicken “scratch” (from the trunk of Grandpa’s old car, no less) to the collecting of eggs, I was enamored with the thought of having my own flock. This didn’t happen though until two years ago when I came home and The Man asked me to go down to the basement to get some chicken for dinner (from the freezer) in order to surprise me — he had purchased a dozen chicks and 3 ducklings and they were all down there peeping away in their little homemade box. I was FASCINATED . I spent the entire evening down there watching their antics, and many more nights afterward. The hens are now all laying and the friendliest flock you ever could imagine.

Kristin Maynard November 10th, 2012

Our chicken history started 10 years ago when my Husband brought home a chicken catalog. I was amazed at all the breeds i never knew existed. I was one of those city folk who thought chicken were brown or white! I still have 5 girls from that original order and I am looking forward to ordering a few chicks this spring. It was wonderful for my kids growing up with chickens. I hope that after college when they get a place of their own, they will get a few hens.

Suzi November 10th, 2012

Looking forward to adding some BC Marans to my flock in the spring/

Nicholas Bennett November 10th, 2012

i grew up on small farm and had all type animals,but we lost it when was 11 and until 2 years ago i got 6 1 day olds and started to get few more and now got 9 and some rabbits

Robin November 10th, 2012

My husband’s grandma who just turned 100 raised chickens when she was a little girl. They would butcher one chicken every week for Sunday night dinner. Her daughter (my husbands mom) didn’t have chickens but her neighbors did and she’d buy eggs from them. We’re continuing the tradition even though we live on 1/14 acre in the city. We have 7 chickens which we raised from chicks on June 7. We plan to add some polish chickens in the spring. I think this sign would look fabulous on our coop especially since we’re going to enter it in the annual parade of coops that our city has.

Peggy Moyer November 10th, 2012

I’ve been a live long chicken lover, Started my own flock 10 years ago, and have had chickens ever since~ Through all the trials and tribulations of predators, sick chickens, pricing of feed, I continue to keep chickens for they’re destressing value~ There is nothing more calming then sitting outside listening to happy hens foraging in the leaves, grass and dirt~ A big also is tasty, healthy eggs that I know haven’t been sitting on a grocery shelf for three months~

Kathy Ainsworth November 10th, 2012

We moved from the city to the country about 3 years ago so my dad could come and live with us in his last years. He died this past March at 93 years old after a short battle with Leukemia. We are now in the process of moving our herd of alpacas to a new farm we just purchased. My husband and I are so excited about working towards becoming a self sustaining farm.

Our first purchase in the Spring will be chickens! We’re been reading all about the different breeds and how to care for them. Have our plans ready for our coop. I’m looking forward to being able to sell farm fresh eggs off our farm and to be able to have yummy farm fresh bacon and eggs!

Winning this cool sign would be great and we both love this look. thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest! take care and enjoy the weekend.

Anne P November 10th, 2012

Growing up my parents raised 200 white leghorns for both eggs and meat. I loved my chore of opening and closing their little door every day. Lots of time was spent just watching them and their antics. I now have my own little flock and love adding new fancy chickens every year. They are much more colorful than the leghorns I grew up with. I love sharing the experience with my children from hatching babies to collecting eggs. No meat birds for us.

Rebecca Haley November 10th, 2012

I just started in June with 3 girls, and just added a fourth. Two are laying now, and the eggs are amazingly tasty. While I have no chicken ancestors, I hope my daughters consider this great hobby. The Bawk Squad never fails to cheer me up. Sadly, Chicken Daddy, my husband has just had a kidney transplant and is no longer allowed to snuggle his favorite Buff Orp, “Baby” on his lap due to the immuno suppressive drugs. I hold her up to the window so he can talk to her, and she cocks her head and listens. I think he would get a kick out of this sign when he looks out at the coop.

Angie November 10th, 2012

We moved from suburban Virginia to rural Texas a few years ago. One of the first things we did was build our chicken coop and order chicks. We now have a small flock of 17 or so chickens led by one Polish Crested rooster. Well the girls let him think he is in charge. Love my fresh eggs and live watching my girls forage the yard for bugs.

Lisa November 10th, 2012

I am wanting to start my own memories for my two girls with a chicken family as my girls love all animals and have asked for chickens to add to the rabbits we have. They have found that chicken very interesting and can be great pets as well. Cant wait to get started!! Christmas is gonna be a fun time for my girls!!

Kim Royal November 10th, 2012

I grew up on a farm, my husband & stepson did not. I’ve always shared stories of farm living with them, my favorite about going out to the chicken coop on a bitter cold morning; and how wonderful it felt sliding my cold hands under the warm chickens to get the eggs.
We moved to a home almost 2 years ago with enough room for some chickens so one of our first projects was building a chicken coop!! This winter will be the first for them to experience the natural warmth of a chicken sitting on an egg !!

Vickie November 10th, 2012

My grandparents raised chickens and sold eggs commercially. Loved/hated helping gather eggs from the “mean” hens, too! My parents also have always had chickens. My dad is a hobby farmer now and enjoys swapping birds. He has had a variety over the years: from Silkies to Peafowl. Now my husband and I have a dozen birds. And our grandchildren love the chickens. One of the first things our granddaughter will ask is, “can I go see the chickens?” She is also the one giving out the special names for our birds!

Kristen Lazuka November 10th, 2012

Our chicken family is just begining! Two years ago we started with 4 EE’s from My Pet Chicken. We built the their ‘Chicken Ma Hall” It was a beautiful, sturdy coop made from recycled decking that we salvaged ourselves! We were so proud of it! The following spring we added 3 new hens to the family! We were now so excited to be getting both green and brown eggs on a regular basis. Early last winter we lost or beautiful coop to a fire. We had added a heating element during a really freezing cold event and somehow it caught on fire early in the morning one day. Thank God I smelled it and saw the smoke. I was able to open the run door and let the girls out. All the chickens were fine! After calling 911 and having my husband, a firefighter in town,respond to his own address to put out the fire, we decided we needed to rebuild! We spent this sping and summer rebuilding a new coop for our girls! We built it further away from the house this time as we lost the siding on one side of our house in the coop fire. I’m now happy to report that we have 7 happy hens all laying eggs in their new coop. We also have two regular egg customers! My daughter has been a big part of the chicken selection and caring process and spends a lot of time with them. She looks forward to the day she can raise chickens with her own children some day!

Neeta C. November 10th, 2012

I’ve had a chicken obsession for a few years now and only recently remembered that most of my dad’s side of the family ran a huge chicken hatchery in southern India. I guess it runs in the family!

Jessica November 10th, 2012

My boys and I have 6 hens-2 silkies (Fast and Bingo), 1 barred rock x polish (Sunshine), 1 red star (Red), 1 black star (Rock), 1 silver laced wyandotte (Fireball)…and we just adopted a silkie rooster (Quick)! Every spring, we order about 20 baby chicks, raise them and then sell them.

jonathan phillips November 10th, 2012

Hi,i started my own chicken history about 3 years ago.I worked for a large chicken producer called goldkist after pilgrims pride purchased this company about 2 years later they closed myself having worked in the hatchery for 10 years i wanted to be around chicks and since i had worked in the hatchery for 10 years as an employee of the hatchery we was forbid from owning i ordered about 20 chicks and got started and three years later after several setbacks by foxes and different sorts we have about 30 birds of different variety as well as turkeys and ducks to join the quail and hogs,goats,rabbits that we my birds plan on expanding soon so we can process our own chickens for meat.

Michelle November 10th, 2012

My mother had chickens growing up (leghorns)- Now we have a 2 yr old flock (6 total) Cochin, Wyandotte, Speckled Sussex and 3 bantams- Easter Egger, Barred Rock and a Silkie. We love them 🙂 They are city chickens 🙂

Holly Ward November 10th, 2012

I too have a small flock of 4 hens. I have learned that with one Rooster and only four hens that you need more in order for the Rooster to leave them alone. A busy Roo is a happy Roo? Lol while growing up my Parents also experimented with laying Hens. We were the neighbor’s source for Fresh Eggs. I learned at an early age how very special these girls were, not only as a source of entertainment, but also as companions! While working in my Mother’s Strawberry Patch they would keep me company and a special White Rock which I named Rosie even sat on my lap. These birds taught me a lot about Farm Life. I feel especially blessed to have had the Childhood of a “Country Girl!” thank you for your Blog I enjoy reading and learning from you as I now too reside in rural Minnesota.

Sandra M. November 10th, 2012

My mother, who Is 89, always talks about my grandmother’s chickens growing up. When she sees my biddies, it gets her to telling how her mother took care of them. She said they always had eggs, biddies, and chickens used for meat. My mother loves looking at our 13 biddies. It is just so nice to hear her talk about pleasant memories of her childhood when she sees our little flock. We have 6 Golden buffs (females) and 7 buff orps (1 roo and 6 females). Also we have 6 female EE’s that are 5 weeks old. All ordered and sexed as ordered from My Pet Chicken!

Joan Clapp November 10th, 2012

Will be starting a new flock in Alabama this Spring. Had 21 in Virginia before moving and cannot stand being without my girls!!

I would love ot win the sign for my new hen house!

Mary Murphy November 10th, 2012

My mom kept chickens. I caught the bug from her. When she moved to a place where she cold not keep chickens she “suggested” that I should get chickens. While the idea did not appeal to me in the beginning I am now a full fledged chicken addict and mom loves to come and visit and see the chickens.

Jason Mullins November 10th, 2012

As a child we has dyed Easter chicks every now and then, but I seldom remember what became of them after the novelty wore off. The neighbors had chickens that I remember chasing from the yard with a stick and getting too close. I hit a big rooster on the neck. His neck dangled. I really feared that big bird but feared more the consequences of being found out. So, only a small child, I caught and hid him. I returned later to check on him. I just knew he would be dead. Then what would I do? To my surprise and delight, the rooster was standing tall again. I have all kinds of animals on my farm here in Northeast Arkansas. It was not until the last year that the chicken population really took off. It began with a little red hen named Flick. She belonged to a boy in the city who had to give her up due to animal control regulations. He wanted her to come to our farm. She loved it here and a stray rooster came to keep her company. Flick became ill around Thanksgiving of 2011 and required so much care to ensure her survival. During this time there was such a bonding process between the chiccken and me. I cannot give an accurate number this morning of the population now. There are four coops, big chickens, little chickens, alitle bit of everything. We travel to schools, libraries and different events. A couple of weeks ago at a birthday party a chicken laid an egg in front of all of the kids. It was the hit of the party.

Carrol Horne November 10th, 2012

I am ADDICTED to Chickens!!! 🙂 I just Luv my hens and my Roosters and all the little Chicklets running around. I go out to feed and I tell them all how Beautiful they are today and that I Luv them. I call them my Ladies and Chicklets and tell my Roosters how Handsome they are. They absolutely Luv me too. They let me take thier eggs…sometimes with some strong resistanc but I always Thank them for laying such Beautiful eggs for me. I have lots I raise from day old and my hens hatch and lots that I rescue from poor environments and people who are simply tired of them. I cannot butcher my hens, they enjoy retirement at our place or go to other families who want bug control but my Hens….well, I figure they took care of me, I will take care of them. Anyway, this is probably too long but….hard to tell anyone how much my Chicklets mean to me…not to mention my Duck who thinks she is a chicken and my Muscovy and Geese. <3

Tara Karpinski November 10th, 2012

The only family I remember having chickens growing up was when we would visit amn aunt on my moms side and that was my favorite thing about going to her house was seeing what kind of animals they would have. The fact that my moms family ice chicken experience has come in handy with little tips like how her momused to leave an old door knob in the nest to let the chickens know where to lay their eggs. Wish I would have been around for more of my family s history with chickens. I would love to know more about it. But at least I can start and keep it going for my family even though my teenage daughters have little or no interest 😉 I can dream.

Michael Butler November 10th, 2012

We started about 2 years ago after speaking with a co-worker who had chickens, and then found out a fellow soccer parent had chickens. I visited both and quickly got the bug. Started researching and in May of 2010 got my first 6 chicks. My wife thought I was absolutely nuts. But knowing that she is an animal lover I knew she’d jump on board. They soon became her babies. We still have 4 from that original 6 and plan on getting another 6 this spring. I built a coop off the side of my shed and have a decent sized back yard where they range. We are in love with chickens!!

Heather November 10th, 2012

Great story. I started my backyard flock 5 years ago. A neighbor was raising chickens and asked my daughter if she wanted the newly hatched chicks. Then we were hooked. Our flock has grown with each poultry show we attend. We now have more eggs then we can possibly eat and I love giving them away. I was talking with my mom one afternoon about my favorite chickens (a buff polish named Lady Gaga) she told me that my grand father raised chickens as a boy, I had no idea. She told me there was a photo somewhere that she would find for me. About a year later, she found the photo in a box of random stuff. We figured the photo was taken in 1905. It was my grandfather in front of his backyard coop holding his favorite chicken. I couldn’t believe it, I have the same photo of my daughter holding her favorite chicken in front of her backyard coop over 100 years later. Times have certainly changed but it is amazing to me that the love of backyard chickens has not. I would love to proudly display the vintage egg sign in our coop in memory of my grandfather.

Misty Smith November 10th, 2012

My grandma and grandpa did the same thing. It is so neat to hear their stories. I am now trying to raise chickens and so far I think its going really good. I do love my chickens and the fresh eggs I get from them. Nothing better. I wish i had stories like they do to tell.

Sandra Miller November 10th, 2012

My grandparents raised chickens for eggs but I was too young to remember.When I was around 6 years old my grandparents would stop at their friends house after church to visit and they had chickens,that is when I discovered that there were eggs in that hen house,after that whenever we would visit and soon as grandad stopped the car I made a beeline to the hen house to gather eggs.Later in life I was given chickens but it just wasn’t the time in my life that I was interested in them.Two years ago my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I blurted out”chickens”,I want chickens.So I went to Tractor Supply Company and I ordered my chickens.My husband and his brother built the chicken coop and made the run.When my babies arrived-26 of them-I was in love.That year I ordered more and have done so since.They are so precious and I am in love.

Rachelle Barco-Calderon November 10th, 2012

I absolutely love this, and plan to do something similar. For the last few years we have kept a mixed flock of layers, a couple of bantams as pets, a few ducks, and intermittently grown meat birds. Other than the meat birds, and the first few weeks with new layers, we let them completely free range in our woods (we protect them in the coop overnight), so I have been contemplating a way to do exactly what your grandma did. I have been trying to decide a perfect breed to buy a larger quantity straight run, eat the roos and keep the layers. I know it wouldn’t be the leghorns, but a heavy breed instead. I have 5 kids still at home to feed, plus regular visits from the 6th with her hubby and the grands, so I want a bread that has some meat on it’s bones. I want my family’s chicken history to be just like your great-grandmas, even the part about mom taking the roos behind the woodshed!

Emily November 10th, 2012

My great uncle Wilson kept show chickens for years. When he passed away, there were several items that were going to be thown away. Among the items were his show pins he won for his chickens. I kept them in in a small box. Several years later I started keeping chickens myself and now I realize how much pride and hard work went into winning those pins. So glad I kept them!

Dotty Joyner November 10th, 2012

I’ve had chickens, or what I like to call “yard birds” for 26 years. I decided this past summer to start selling the eggs. My chickens lay brown & green eggs & folks just love seeing those green eggs. My business is a bit slow since my chickens aren’t doing much laying now…mostly due to molting & the cold weather. I have around 25-30 chickens….like I said…they’re free range. The rustic sign would be awesome to have to put down at the end of my path so folks know I have eggs to sell. Right now it’s mostly by word of mouth.

Cheryl Figures November 10th, 2012

I can across an old photo of my dad as a little boy standing with his chickens, I never knew, having grown up in the subburbs, that my country girls roots were real. My husband and I enjoy our chickens and can not imagin a day with out them. Soon we will be sharing this wonderful life with grandchildren.

Teresa Sealy November 10th, 2012

We went for many years without chickens. This spring I was reading an ad for 10 – 3 months old baby chickens, FREE. And off I went to get them. When I got to the ladies house she was frantic to get rid of them. You see, she had been shopping with a friend and thought they were so cute she got a dozen. And for over a month they had been living in a bath tub in her house! Well her husband was not a happy camper. So the 10 surviving chicks came home with me. We had all the supplies to build a coop, so got busy really fast. We lost 1 to an over excited dog. But are getting 8 to 9 eggs a day now. I come from many generations of chicken keeper’s, must be in the blood!

Rachel Powell November 10th, 2012

I was born and raised in big cities of California. I moved into the countryside of Western Pennsylvania when I was a teenager with my parents. My grandmother was dying and this is where my dad had been raised so he came back to say goodbye and resettle where he was raised. I was SO angry. I ran away. I hated it.

17 years later I sit here writing this and shake my head. I still live here, with my wonderful husband and SEVEN beautiful children. I got chickens as a way to feed my children healthier and keep them busy. We started with some free barnyard chickens someone didn’t want. We have slowly upgraded and now I have a beautiful flock of silver laced wyandottes and a few pet frizzles for my girls. We love our chickens and the beautiful scenery of this state to raise them in.

Troy S. November 10th, 2012

Love the story!!! We’ve recently become addicted to the idea of chickens and are voraciously reading any info we can find on backyard chickens. Can’t wait to add a few to our house next year. Like you my great grandmother raised chickens – only in her case it was in a small backyard. In their case they used the eggs as breakfast for the many boarders that they had – still a form of currency back then, but in a different way.

Tanya November 10th, 2012

What a great story! Thank you for sharing. My Mom used to tell us stories of her grandmother Ida, and even though she was the most proper woman you would ever meet…On Their farm she was in charge of the chickens and my mom remembers her walking out the back door of the house to pick that nights dinner. Then as she tells the story she mimicks how my great grandmother wrang their little neck (yikes). My chickens will never go through that! On fact in my firstset of chicks, I had to name one Ida. Unfortunately she died before leaving the Broading box 🙁

Connie Castello November 10th, 2012

We started out chicken family this year. I ordered several different breeds of chickens and I am now in the process of getting rid of some of my extra Roos. It is difficult because I raised them from chicks but I know everyone knows how this goes… We have one chick that we named Isabella..well the other day Isabella started crowing..humm!! Well he still comes to the name Isabella so we won’t tell him that is a girl’s name!!! 🙂

Donna Santi November 10th, 2012

I have been an animal lover my whole life but only dogs and cats. When I grew up I knew I wanted to have a farm. But only smaller animals, so as any good mom or dad does I signed up to be a leader for my kids 4-H club. We had pygmy goats, rabbits and poultry of various sorts. But the chickens were my favorites. I had a small flock of nearly 75 birds, but since my kids are grown now I only keep about 10. I love my chickens.

Tena DiRuocco November 10th, 2012

My grandparents still ran the last dairy farm on Long Island (NY) when I was growing up. My sister & I spent weeks there in the summer, and generally ran wild. My cousins lived up the road, as well as another aunt & uncle. Uncle Walter & Aunt Ronnie always had animals around. Certainly, the cat and dog were their ‘kids’, but the ones that fascinated me were the chickens. I can remember my first sight of newly hatched peeps in a cardboard box ‘brooder’ in their living room. I must have watched them for hours. It was always a treat to be able to help Uncle Walter gather eggs. Walter originally started with 25 White Leghorns (the breed my grandparents kept when my Mom and her siblings were young) and decided to try keeping 25 RI Reds as well. Nearby summer residents would sometimes keep chickens for a while, then, when they closed up at the end of the season would give their chickens to Walter, so he acquired quite a mixed flock. At one point, someone handed off a half dozen Japanese silkies, and I can recall some pretty exotic top-hatted birds as well. After they inter-bred for a while, he had some, ummm….. ‘interesting’ looking chickens.
Walter and Ronnie passed away a couple of years ago, and I just kept thinking about them and their flock. Then, few months later, a co-worker’s neighbor, who was moving out of state, gave up their mini-flock – two blue cochins and two guinea fowl, their hen-house and all the equipment. So here I am, two years down the road, with cochins, wyandottes, brahmas & NH reds, not to mention all the eggs I can eat.
I think of Walter & Ronnie nearly every day. Bless them.

David McPherson November 10th, 2012

We’ve had chickens at my house for 4 years. My parents had some fryers we raised for meat when I was a child and that was my first direct involvement with chickens on a daily basis. Most of my family has had chickens for the last several hundred years and one of the better stories I heard was from my grandmother. She travelled with her family in a covered wagon when they moved from Kentucky to Kansas in the late 1800’s and it was her job to look after the chickens on the trip. Out of all the things that happened on that trip, her best memories were taking care of the chickens on the wagon and collecting the eggs that they had with almost every meal.

Nicole B November 10th, 2012

I am the first to my knowledge to begin a chicken tradition. I began owning chickens in 2011 when I bought my daughter 8 of them for Easter, as pets. They were just so cute and adorable we decided to keep them 🙂 Although our oringnal 8 didn’t make it due to predators (as we were beginner chicken lovers) we now have a flock of about 15 hens and still growing 🙂 Due to the over-abundance of eggs we have, we sell them to family members & locals 🙂

Marey November 10th, 2012

Just started last year with our own chickens! I love my 6 girls, and don’t know how I’ve lived without them this long! Lol. We’re going to add 6 more this spring… I can’t wait. : )

Sabrina Maiden November 10th, 2012

I love my chickens. I lived in the city all my life, now at 45 moved and have 60 chickens–they are life-changing. I cannot imagine hurting them, eating them or selling them so they could be, for any reason. They have eyes, souls and little lives to live. If they fall ill, the come in to live in the house and are given as much love, attention and medicine as any other living being we have. And then, there is that precious gift of every color of the rainbow of eggs–we get to pick them every day and see the new colors that come. And every morning when we open the refrigerator, the beauty is always there.

Stacy November 10th, 2012

My grandparents had chickens on their farm, I raised them in high school in Vo-Ag, friends have them, my soon to be ex-husband wouldn’t “let” me have them, and now i have a flock of three 🙂 I would love a larger flock, need a bigger henhouse though. Someday : ) for now i enjoy my three girls Linda, Bellatrix LaStrange, and Rizzo 🙂

Annie Halland November 10th, 2012

I’ve had chickens since I was a girl, off and on. My grandchildren came for a 4 month visit from Africa this summer – they are 7 and 4 years old- and just the perfect ages to make chicken farmers out of them. The first hatch of chicks came just a few days after their arrival, and it was sure fun watching them grow, naming them, figuring out who were boys/girls, trying to figure out who their dads and moms were, and tracking their progress all summer. I have an assortment of chickens -silkies, black stars, arucanas,rhode island reds, orphingtons, polish – so the chicks are always interesting. We had a total of 3 hatches this summer and my grandaughter enjoyed going to let the chickens out in the morning, gathering eggs, then coming in and telling us about individuals – like they were all little people friends of hers! We ended the summer by identifying the roosters of the first hatch (6 out of 8!), feeding them up, butchering them and having a biology lesson and a good dinner. They went home and are in the process of building a chicken coop. The tradition has been passed along!

Debra Neal November 10th, 2012

When I was 2 back in 1955, my mom and dad divorced and my paternal grandmother was given custody of me. She had chickens for eggs and chicken dinners every Sunday. I played in the chicken coop till I was about 5 when a rooster flogged me and grandma fixed him for Sunday dinner. At about 7 my dad remarried and I went to live with him…no more chickens. 🙁 Anyway my husband and I moved to a farm in April of this year and the first thing I got was a large dog…but next I got CHICKENS! I have
Fred the RIR roo , Belle the Auracana, Thelma and Louise the black Astralorpes, Goldie and Kiera the Brahmas, and Dottie the Speckled Sussex! They are truely part of the family! I love getting eggs every day and NO I could NEVER eat any of them…I LOVE MY CHICKENS! I hug at least one a day and tell them I love them every day!!

Gina A November 10th, 2012

We are in the process of seeking approval from our town to have chickens. I will not quit until they allow us. I’m determined to succeed! Wish us luck. The next big day is November 13.

Susan Dietrich November 10th, 2012

I like all birds which is why I keep chickens. They are friendly and react to you. I provide eggs for my family, and many of my neighbors. They are so funny chasing bugs. I can not imagine not having fresh eggs every day. I have 25 hens. This fall my flock has struggled with molting and severe weather. Not cold so much as wind. Weather in winter can be a challenge for anyone. When you keep chickens I think you are closer to Mother Nature.

Julia Guest November 10th, 2012

Our family history of chickens started with my husband and myself, see our parents never had chickens, heck we were lucky to have a dog. See we grew up in the city, and never were exposed to “farm life” But in 2011 my husband retired, we sold everything, packed up our 6 kids and moved to Alabama. We knew no one, and where nothing was. But we were determined to make a better life for us and our kids. Now only one short year later, we raise chickens, rabbits, goats and have had pigs. We live on a country road on 3 1/2 acres and we absolutely love it. We are hoping our kids will continue our new tradition of homesteading and raising animals and enjoy it as much as we do.

Troy November 10th, 2012

I’m a first generation chicken keeper. I started with 7 chickd. Out of the 7 , 3 wound up being cockreils. I promptly named 2 of them dinner & lunch & bought 3 more chicks. I wanted a total of 6 layers & 1 ROO. So that’s where I am now. 2 of the new chicks I named as pets for my grandbabies. 1 is tender she’s a Easter Egger, the other is a Silver Laced Wyendotte named Nugget. However the real story I want to tell concerns my 18 month old grandson. My coop is about 100 feet outside his window , so he sees and hears the chickens & the rooster. I read to him a lot, several different books. But he always brings me the one with chickens to read. Of corse I make all the sounds for the different animals. One morning his mother walked by his room & heard the most pitiful crow you can imagine followed by another & then she hears ” bock bock” ” bock bock”. Now every morning we have two roosters to enjoy crowing even though only one has wings & feathers. I believe I’ve started a new generation down the path that leads to the chicken coop.

Tammy Bonin November 10th, 2012

My great-great Grandmother use to sleep in a room with the Turkey eggs when she was expecting them to hatch. She use to raise chickens and trade the eggs for sugar, flour, and such at the country store. My grandmother absolutely had to have white guineas as pets. This same grandmother and my grandfather raised broilers commercially for many long years and now the chicken houses have been passed to another family member. This is my mother’s side. My father’s best friend growing up with a rooster named Pete. I come by the love of chickens from all directions. I now have a flock of 40 plus one well loved rooster name Reese. My husband built our first little chicken house while we were grieving the loss of my father to cancer in 2007. We found out that same year we were expecting our son, Nathan Drake, who is now 3 and he loves helping with the chicken chores. (including one who rides in his wagon around the yard). I love everything chickens and hope to pass this love to my son. Thanks for having a Facebook site and this neat blog. I enjoy reading the stories, tips and seeing all the wonderful pictures of chickens others have.

Shewan Mitchem November 10th, 2012

I enjoyed reading the blog Autumn! I can just picture being back in those days, wouldn’t it be great?! It’s funny how your grandfather referred to the chickens as “momma’s chickens” my husband does the same, I have a flock of nine 6 hens and three roo’s!! My Brahms rooster is my favorite he’s very ” lovable” to the ladies, his name is fittingly “Don Juan” ! This is my first go round with chickens and I love it! I can watch them for hours, they all have a name, and it definitely fits their personality, my Lil girl loves to help me get the eggs, my husband has built me an amazing coop that I’m so proud of! But they are still “mamas” chickens. It’s been nice to have fresh eggs, the sound of roosters crowing, and hens clucking when I’m sitting outside drinking coffee, definitly something I enjoy doing and have enjoyed learning to do!!

Alberta November 10th, 2012

This is my 3rd year of raising backyard chickens. The 1st year I started out with 6 Golden Laced Wyandotte day-old chicks. I did not have a coop when I brought them home so they lived in a big box in the porch. We ordered a shed/coop and waited for it to be delivered. After a month the shed was still not here and the chicks were jumping out of the tall box. So they were moved to a little pen that we created in the garage and my car had to sit outside. Now while we had them in the garage, we decided we really liked them in there and if we shuffled things around we could build a small room for them and still have room for my car. And since the shed still had not been delivered, my husband began building a room in the corner of the garage. Once the room was built, he then put a 10 x 12 covered dog kennel outside and made a door for the chickens to go in and out. The garage coop turned out to be wonderful. The shed was finally delivered late that summer and now holds the lawn tools and things that would have been in the garage. I absolutely love having my chickens in the attached garage. I don’t even need to go outside when it is snowing or raining to gather the eggs, etc. I now have 12 chickens that I love and expect that I will always keep at least 10-12 in my garage…:o)

Susan Lewis November 10th, 2012

Love this story! Love having chickens (we have 9) and fresh eggs every day – we’re a family of 6 and eat ALOT of eggs!

Amy Schauland November 10th, 2012

My grandparents always kept a flock of Barred Rocks for eggs. I used to pick handfuls of grass to throw into their pen (they were always grateful.) My parents raise meat birds every couple of years to stock their freezers. Now I have my own flock of many breeds that provide bug control, entertainment, and a rainbow basket of eggs!

Janet Parish November 10th, 2012

April of 2011: I am the first to own chickens in my family. I bought the chicks from a local Town and country feed store. I got the feeders, waterers and feed. I took a old tote and put chicks in and as time passed and they grew me and my son buildt a coop out of used tin, wood and nails. My hens started laying their first eggs Febuary of 2012. I was tickeled to go check the eggs each morning to see how many I had. Over time I had a problem with something getting my chickens so we had to secure the chickens by putting a fenceing over the top of run. Today I have 14 hens and 2 roosters. One of the roosters are really mean so we are haveing him for thanksgiving dinner. Over time my first hen hatched 7 chicks but only 4 survived. That was a eggsited time for me also. I love my chickens and talk to them like they are children. My son thinks I’m crazy but I love my chickens!!
I’d love to have this sign to hang in my coop..
I love your site!!

Deb S November 10th, 2012

For my daughters 9th b-day I did something crazy and ordered her 9 chicks from the local feed store. 5 of the 9 turned out to be “mean roosters” so they moved to a friends farm. My daughter named the remaining pullets and played with them constantly. This led to both of my daughters becoming very involved in poultry through 4-H. We have had many many chickens through the years and since both girls are grown up the chickens have become “mom’s chickens”. Every year in the spring I take my eggs and incubate them at our local school for the kids to enjoy. I also set up the incubator at our county fair in the Children’s Farm.

Melanie King November 10th, 2012

I never had experience with chickens until we got 4 chicks from the local feed store. We started with 4 chickens 5 years ago and are up to 42 now! They have definitely become an addiction and I can wait to order more. We sell our eggs to family and friends and always have more demand than we can supply, even with all our hens laying. As long as there is demand we will keep growing our flock and providing fresh free range eggs.
Now my 8 year old daughter has her favorites and is looking forward to showing her Silver Sebright Bantam in 4H next year.

Nancy Haslam November 10th, 2012

I vaguely remember my mom telling me about her mother selecting and preparing a chicken from the yard for dinner! I guess they kept some chickens, even though they lived in an urban area.

Victoria H November 10th, 2012

I’m just a teenager but I have a booming flock of chickens for my FFA project and I love them so much!! I’m hoping to become an Ag teacher when I get older so I can teach students about my true passion, chickens!! I’m even hoping that one day I can run my own hatchery 🙂

Lorna Leslie November 10th, 2012

I love showing my niece and other little kids where eggs really come from. It is funny how amazed they are by it.

George Castonguay November 10th, 2012

I once again have chickens, this makes it the third time. It started when I was ten and we had just moved from town to the country and a neighborhood farmer was told by the milk inspector that the chickens in his dairy barn had to go. We had a coop and that night the chickens were rounded up and I had a new chore to do. Somehow it never was a chore and feeding, watering and even cleaning the coop was something that I could get into, never mind collecting the eggs.

Next time I was almost twenty and moved to a new place. Another barn cleanout and I had a new flock to care for. I kept them for several years until another person just needed to have them and they were rehomed once more.

Now I’m closer to sixty than twenty and this time it was my daughter-in-law that needed to get some chickens. A new coop was bought and for the first time I ordered chicks from the local co-op. Somehow it’s me once more caring for my feathered friends and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

Tim Selmani November 10th, 2012

My father and his family grew up on a large family farm in Europe. They had many large orchards of fruits and nuts. They also had many large of pastures of grass where they kept their livestock such as sheep, goats, cows, poultry consisting of ducks, geese, chickens and a few horses. My grandpa was a shepherd that spent his day with the flock of animals(sheep/goats) in the fertile mountains where his children worked in the farm and the orchard picking the fruits and taking care of the animals, such as milking and feeding the livestock like the large oxen, the dairy cows, and poultry that they had. But now since they left Europe, I took on the chicken keeping and I have a large flock that lay everyday and I would like to start selling them since I have just too much fresh eggs.

Tammy Quinn November 10th, 2012

My chicken history began when I was around 10 years old. My parents bought a little land out in rural Nebraska. We received our chicks by mail. It was exciting to see all the little yellow peeps. I never became to attached to them, because the hens were for laying and the roosters were for eating. Just a couple years ago I became excited when I noticed a neighbor with chickens in her backyard. I did some investigating and discovered I can to have a couple. My girls and I picked out 3 chicks from the D & B. They became more then egg layers. They were our pets. My girls and I have since joined 4H (a great organization) and got more girls to add to our flock. The girls show the hens at the fair. What fun we all have. This year we even hatched a couple of eggs. This has been a great learning experiece for my children. We have come to learn that chickens are more than just eggs and meat, but it is nice to look in that nest to find a little treasure waiting for us in the morning.

Kris November 10th, 2012

I grew up hearing stories about my great grandparents’ farm, and now we’re starting our own little farm here. I think we are creating our own chicken family history here on our little farm. Our oldest son (9) is starting his own silkie flock, our middle son (7) loves helping me feed the chickens, and our youngest son (5) is our official egg gatherer. And this is our first year raising our own turkey and butchering one for Thanksgiving. I’m sure that will go down in family history!

Whittni O'Brien November 10th, 2012

My grandpa had a huge flock of chickens in his earlier years when my mom was still a child. He said he had turkeys running the fields with his cattle that were all named after eating times names, like “Dinner” and “Bigmac”. Once when my mom was little she had got 7 baby ducklings for Easter and she and my grandparents took them on leashes everyday to the pond down the street so the ducks could get a swim. My mom said when she had chickens that it was terrible, the rooster had to be caught in a bucket just to get eggs, otherwise he would spur your legs.

For a while, when I got my first flock, my mom was overally cautious of the rooster but I kept assuring her that he was fine. My story goes that I too, have chickens but unlike my grandpa’s Sexlink laying hens, I keep chickens to show.

Pam November 10th, 2012

Thanks so much for sharing this sweet story. How glad you must have been to have had this conversation, with your Grandpa passing on just a week later. That just underscores the importance of getting these “oral histories” before they are gone forever. It’s so interesting to hear how things were done in the past (and not-so-distant past – my Mom, 81 now, always had a flock of 25 Leghorns that came in the mail from Sears, but my Dad, also 81 now, did the butchering every 2 years. We ate chicken stew a lot! lol).

Denice Grigg November 10th, 2012

Growing up we always had 200-300 chickens to butcher every summer. Mom, Dad, my 4 brothers and I would all get in assembly line fashion for our day of work. Usually we did 25 in the morning and 25 in the afternoon. Then in about another week or so we did more as they got to the weight my parents wanted. At first we started out plucking the feathers, then slowly graduate over into the cutting and gutting. Dad was always the one on the dunking and singe the feathers off, he made a holder to put them in to drain the blood out. I remember at about 4 years old screaming bloody murder back to the house as one of the headless hens was chasing me! Fast forward to now, I live in a small rural village and have 22 chickens of my own. 2 small little bantams and an assortment of Black Austrlop, White Leghorns, Rhode Island Red and Barred Rock, with one each of the Rhode Island Red and Barred Rock roos in my backyard. Chanticleer ( who is the Rhode Island red) always brings up the sun!

Leslie November 10th, 2012

As of last year my family has been farming the same 40 acres for 100 years. To celebrate both the past and the future, I’ve decided to re-diversify our farming practices to be more like the “subsistence farming” my family practiced for the first 50 years … and the obvious first step was to get some chickens. We’ve had chickens before … my mother had a small flock for a while which is when I learned to love all the chicken noises and dances and appreciate the freshness of eggs straight from the nesting box. My grandmother had a proper henhouse and sold both eggs and meat birds, of course her mother-in-law had backyard chickens. None of these wonderful women are around any more, yet I can’t help but feel their presences as I tend my own beautiful flock and gather eggs into the family heirloom egg basket.

Grey Mello November 10th, 2012

I won my first hen in 4th grade and she lived in a box at the end of my bed. Our teacher decided to set eggs in November and we had 3 hatch. I was moving to a farm in December so I “won” one of the chicks. The farm we moved to was built in the early 1900’s and they sold eggs locally. There were over 40 nesting boxes! The coops – 3 connected by little doors were way to big for my little chick so she said in the house until spring. I have raised chickens ever since and currently have over a hundred of various breeds because I love the variety.

Judy Griffith November 10th, 2012

When I was growing up in the 50’s , my parents raised almost every thing that you could imagine on 1 acre of land. We were blessed to have pigs , turkeys , rabbits , ducks , chickens , a huge garden and us kids. My job was to collect the eggs which I really enjoyed. I still remember my brother climbing up on top of the chicken coop with a towel stuffed down the collar of his shirt for a cape and jumping off thinking that he could fly. Boy was he disappointed , especially after Mom found out.
Now I’m 57 , my kids are grown and I live in a rural area once again and I have my own chickens. I have 10 hens and 5 roosters and each has it’s very own personality. I have 4 buff orpingtons , 4 rhode island reds , 4 golden sex links , and 3 copper marans.
Each sings a special song and when they all chime in it gets really loud and noisey.

Shelly Wade November 10th, 2012

Funny, my Dad & I just talked about my Grandmother having chickens in the early 1940’s. Her Father-in-law had always promised he’d buy my Dad & uncle a pony when they moved to a more rural area. Instead, he bought 200 peeps & told her she could use the egg money to buy the pony! They boys were just little, 4 & 6, so the peeps were her responsibility. As soon as they arrived, they developed ‘pasty-butt’ & she was told she had to put Vaseline on all 200 peep butts!!! It was also her job to take them out back & process them. She really did not have anything good to say about her chicken experience. I, on the other hand, LOVE my chickens & the joy they bring into my life everyday!
p.s. They never did get that pony, either.

Terri MacMahan November 10th, 2012

I do have chicken family history. Many years ago long before I was around, my Grandfather kept chickens inside the house! After my grandmother passed my uncle told me a story of when he was a very small child there was chickens living upstairs! The second floor was unfinished back then and my grandfather wanted chickens badly and so my Grandmother just came home one day and there they were, roosting on the rafters. my grandparents lived in the a place where folks didn’t keep chickens in the “city.” But they did! They had them for many years and no one outside the family ever knew. Eventually the family grew and out of necessity the upstairs was finished off into bedrooms so the chickens had to go. No one in the family has kept chickens since then until I took them up 3 years ago. I suppose that’s where I got my penchant for keeping chickens gene. From my Grandfather. Now I’m passing it on. My children will remember having chickens but not inside the house!

Jeanine November 10th, 2012

Brought a tear to my eyes…Sorry for your loss. You have some great “chicken” family history. As for me the only history of chickens would be from my mother’s Aunt that had a farm and she would like to visit, they would collect the eggs so they could take them into town to sell. I hope that keeping backyard chickens instills the value of self sufficiency in this day and age to my children.

Jim Belford November 10th, 2012

2012 is the beginning of our little backyard flock. It started when we attended an auction and one of the desserts was made using eggs laid that day, and we started thinking that sounds like a good idea. So a few months later, I started clearing ground for our new chicken castle, and early May 2012 I made the trip to pick out our chicks. We started with six and one of the Barred Rock chicks became a rooster so he had to go. We now have five hens (1 dominique, 1 golden sex-link, two ameraucana, and 1 barred rock) So far we are getting two eggs per day from our girls. They love to roam around the yard every chance they get.

Jennifer Cooper November 10th, 2012

We are loving our fist year with a blended flock of 4 hens & 2 lady ducks (also hens?) They love eachother and have been together sjnce they were all 3 days old!

Karen November 10th, 2012

My grandmother had chickens and so did my mother for a time growing up. To them it was a chore and not necessarily a fun one. When I got my chickens 2 years ago, my mom thought I was nuts! Now she loves coming over and watching their antics and telling stories about her ducks (which were more pets for her than the chickens were). I guess it all comes down to how you view it! My chickies are spoiled pets and my sons and I enjoy them very much!

Esther Widgren November 10th, 2012

My grandmother kept chickens at her farm in WV but as I grew up in NYC I didn’t have any other exposure to them. Fifty years later after moving to NC and retiring from my job I finally have started my own chicken history! I now have 9 beautiful girls who provide me with wonderful eggs and lots of entertainment!

Donald Vittitow November 10th, 2012

We raise free range chickens. They have been great therapy for my son (whom is Bipolar) and my grandson ( whom is lightly autistic). Even my extended family have joined in the fun. We have a Rooster that is aging , about 5yrs old, that we all named Roger. That name comes from my brother named Roger (of course) who has all daughters. Fitting name, as they both whatch over the hens.We also have one we call Josh. Josh is my blonde headed nephew and his rooster namesake also has wild blond hair on his head. Everyone loves to come over and name the chickens.

Leslie Carter November 10th, 2012

Like this story my Grand Father’s family had chickens when he was a boy. I do not know much about their chickens but my Mom passed a story on to me. My Great Grandmother kept chickens for food as well. When it was time for one as dinner she would break their necks. Well my Grand Father wanted to do what his Mother was, so he picked one up and was swinging it around by the neck! I think he was about 5 then. I bet that was one dizzy chicken!

Chris KG November 10th, 2012

I got my first chickens 2 years ago, now I can’t imagine ever NOT having chickens and FRESH eggs every day !

Eve Gaffuri November 10th, 2012

It all started around 1994 when my kids were little and I got to have chickens of my own, I was smitten by my hens and their loyalty. Then we had to move. So sad 🙁 Next thing you know its Spring 2008 and my baby girl brings home this beautiful little chick with a mohawk and feathers on its legs and feet. Chicky had quite the personality too. But through a series of misfortunes we lost her too soon. My heart was broken. I truly loved that chick. The next spring my husband helped me find a couple of puppets to raise. The first was Orca, so named because she had the markings of a killer whale when she was a chick. She grew to be a great black hen who loves people and runs her yard. We went to a crazy bird lady to procure Dotty. She is a smaller white chicken with black polka dots, so Dotty. She is part bantam with feathers on her legs and she lays smaller eggs. This year my daughter (she’s 12 now) went to a different feed store ( we had her banned from the first one) and brought home another chick for us to raise. This one had to go out to her uncle’s ranch because he turned out to be a rooster. They call him Tank instead of Easter, go figure… he is the cock of the walk in that yard now, a Huge white rooster!

Robin November 10th, 2012

I grew up around dairy farms in CT and loved all the barnyard animals. I always loved all the personalities of the chickens, how they interacted with the other animals, and the humans. They are very intelligent animals and lots of fun.

I now have my own flock of chickens, 29 of them, all different breeds, with many being heritage breeds, and they bring joy to my life everyday.

Stephanie November 10th, 2012

My husband and I live on 80 acres in Oklahoma. My goal by the time I retire is to have a fully self-sustainable farm! Right now, we have cows, horses, pigs, dogs, barn cats – and as of 8 months ago….CHICKENS! Those silly barncats eat chicken feed and drink out of the waterers every chance they get and this delights my grandchildren when they visit. They are learning “the old ways” right along side me as I bumble through. I’ll take this over my old California lifestyle any day!
Sure would like to have that sign to put by the road as I intend to sell eggs to fund further farm projects. Thank you for your consideration!

sheilah locklear November 10th, 2012

At 65, I just love to hear about the ‘Good Ole Days’.. I just started keeping chickens myself this year..Oh I so remember when chickens were just farm animals that gave you eggs..And no personal relationships were formed, and surely no names given..My Dad would drive us out to my Aunt Leta’s farm in rural Iowa, just so we could get some of her delicious farm fresh EGGS..They were big and yellow yolks that looked like the sun..Those good ole days were in the 1950’s…And although that really isn’t that long ago, in today’s everything in an instant world, it certainly qualifies for the GOOD DAY’S..

Colleen Mohn November 10th, 2012

We just started our own chicken farm a few months ago & absolutely LOVE it!! 🙂
Everyone says our fresh eggs are the best they’ve ever had….this sign would be GREAT!!! 🙂

Aimee Taylor November 10th, 2012

No family history that I’m aware of, but I also love the idea of grocery stores going back to getting their wares from local farms!! We started this spring with 10 chicks from MPC and we now get a beautiful array of colors input egg basket every morning. I would love for chicken keeping to be a family tradition from here on! My son sure does love the chickens!

Tessa Abbott November 10th, 2012

As far as I know I’m the first in my family to have chickens. I was born and raised in Las Vegas and my mom’s family is from Long Island. No room in the big cities for feathered friends of the chicken variety. 🙂 We moved to California onto my brother in law’s 10 acres and buying my girls some chickens was my first step. They are all family now. Just last week our buff orpington successfully hatched her first chicks. We are +3 now :D.

Laurie McCullen November 10th, 2012

My mom and I have a large flock of chickens of many different breeds with fun personalities and different colored eggs-blue, green, white, brown, and chocolate. It is like easter egg hunting every day. Not sure if any of my grand parents or great grand parents had any, but I am definitely going to ask my mom as now I am curious.

Jeannette Rosier-Chenoweth November 10th, 2012

I love my chickens 🙂 Started out with 6 a couple of years ago. They free range and are allowed to keep their eggs when they get broody so now I have around 40 semi-feral birds. These birds are my therapy. My sanity. Living on a rural farm plus all the kids have grown and flown the coop and I have filled my empty nest with my little chickens 🙂

Amanda Keener November 10th, 2012

My grandmother had a farm with cows and a couple chickens. I don’t remember the chickens producing eggs, although I’m sure they did since my grandparents only kept animals for food. I live close to a major city and am glad to at least have a part of my childhood with me with some backyard chickens. It feels good to share that small part of my life with my children and to teach them where their food comes from.

Sharon H November 10th, 2012

My husband and I have started our own “chicken history” with our children. We’ve jumped up and down together over first eggs laid, mourned over hens buried with headstones in our backyard woods, ooh-ed and aah-ed over remarkably yellow yolks, laughed ourselves silly at hilarious chicken antics. It makes me smile every time I think about the wonderful memories our now 8, 6, and 4-year-old will have of their chicken friends! (We *heart* our pet chickens!!!) 🙂 🙂

Beth November 11th, 2012

My 82 year old mother remembers keeping a pet chicken named Charlie as a little girl. We now have 12 baby chicks, hatched by my daughter for her freshman science project. We ordered the fertilized eggs from My Pet Chicken and now the chicks are part of the family. My husband has built a palace of a chicken coop for them on our property and we are enjoying watching our chicks grow and create new family memories!

Julie November 11th, 2012

We started keeping chickens on our urban farm 12 years ago. We had one hen, Chickie Bock Bock live 11 years. That’s old we know, but she layed nearly everyday up to the end!

Torrie November 11th, 2012

We started keeping chickens again this year and love them. My Mom told me that when she and my aunt were on ‘the farm’ as kids their job was to collect the eggs (Watch out, they’ll peck you!) and to transport them up the hill to the cold store house. They would store the eggs and milk in there. I believe they were the white leghorn chickens. The white eggs were prized more since the common ones were the farm brown. I grew up eating white store eggs and wanted brown egg layers. I guess we have come full circle.

Angela November 11th, 2012

My family of four is starting our own traditions!! We have 9 chickens in oir backyard and are just startrting to get eggs.We are learnig alot and love sharing with our family and neighbors. We cant wait for memories like yours to be made!!!!

michelle davis November 11th, 2012

Born in the country but grew up in a city. But country obviously is in my roots. Spending summers with my grandparents on their farm kept me connected. My family and I are now on an acre out in the country and we have 9 mixed breed hens and one welsummer rooster whom we call “chicken dinner”. Our chickens are wonderful. They have been so much to us in the 8 months we have had them. My son has Aspergers…a form of austism. With it came O.C.D. and the fear of germs and dirt. But he took to our baby chicks right away, handling them and even and loving them. Even now that they are full grown and outside…he goes out there and plays with them. They don’t know it, but those little chickens have given him a wonderful gift…alittle touch of freedom from his worries.

Carolyn Baker November 11th, 2012

My great grandmother was an California pioneer during the Gold Rush. My grandmother used to keep chickens, rabbits, grown the veggies, bake the bread, make pine needle baskets, do needlepoint, embroidery, and tatting, and well… everything! My mother was a single working mom in the city, as was I. I’m a grandmother now, and I thought having chickens might be a good experience for my 18 month Grandson Jack. I read about the chicken rescue at the A&L Poultry factory in Turlock, CA and decided to get it in gear. Animal Place was adopting out ex-battery hens at the PETA in Los Angeles. So I signed up to adopt 3, got a coop and run together, and went to collect my girls. I must admit I cried when they placed my girls in the box and handed them to me. To be this close to the cruelty these creatures had endured as battery hens was deeply moving. I took them home and introduced them to their new surroundings. They immediately captured my heart with their trusting nature, curiosity, and unique personalities. I gave them each a lucky name – Star, Clover, and Penny. But soon I realized that it was me who was lucky. It was me being rescued. Their soothing gentle sounds, and the way they are regaining their natural instincts is very soothing. They have opened a window into my own memory of the natural ways of my family in generations past. As “luck” would have it, another backyard chicken keeper called to report that a cage stuffed with 13 ex-bat ISA Brown hens had been rescued off of a major street in LA. So I took 5 of those girls. They have integrated well and I now have a flock of 8, and get 8 eggs a day. My girls have changed my life forever – THANK YOU – and, oh yes, my grandson loves them too!

Eleanore November 16th, 2012

Hi! I’m 11 years old my name is eleanore and I love chickens!!! My favorite kind is the polish frizzle bantam bearded blue hen (google picture search it) and I have several kinds of chickens on my family’s farm we have raised chickens for a while maybe about 10 years? Dunno but I plan to get a black tailed white japanese bantam and keep it as a house pet they are quite lovely! So that’s my chicken history! See ya!

Janice Hall November 17th, 2012

I had pet chickens the whole time I was growing up and we both ate them and used the eggs. I have started my grand daughter (who is now 10) out with some chickens to raise. We got them just hatched. She was to pick out one and I was to pick out one, but we ended up with three when she decided she wanted this little black hen who had a white spot on her head. We now have two beautiful Rhode Island Red (Little Red and Ruby) and one Barred Rock (Dot) who she named all of them. We just got our first eggs the other day and the joy on her face when she saw them was so great. I hope she learns a lot from this experience. I know it has been great teaching her how to take care of them. We plan on selling eggs this Summer.

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