4 ways to validate your chicken addiction November 28, 2015

Crisp autumn air surrounded me as I went to feed the chickens this morning. Dried leaves crunched under my feet and the hens scratched for the last of the bugs trying to keep warm under the fall carpet. This season makes me start to dream. The birds look so pretty in their fine “dresses” as they scratch amid the bright colors of autumn, and since I love variety, I start to visualize what other breeds would look like out there scratching, too. Of course, this leads me to browsing chicken pictures online… Hi. My name is Jordana, and I think I have a chicken addiction.

Chicken addiction: silver laced hen

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful!”

I don’t know about you guys, but I can dream pretty big. And here is my problem; I tend to like what is just out of reach, really unique and unheard of, or even brand-new. Some of that urge has been filled with my newest additions. A friend and I hatched out some of the new and cool Cuckoo Bluebar, a variety developed for My Pet Chicken. I’ll tell you more about them later. A bunch of us are really excited about this variety (but I digress). Right now, I’m discussing my chicken addiction.

"Who said I look funny?!"

“Who said I look funny?!”

Personally, I really love funky varieties—and often ones that are not in the top laying category! That means I have to work to convince my spouse that there is some other good reason to feed my chicken addiction. Somehow, saying “they look pretty” isn’t exactly working, haha!

For instance, I adore cochins. All kinds of cochins. They are soft and fluffy and have “bloomers,” as I call those cute leg feathers that are so fluffy. When a cochin tips over to grab a grub it looks like a little man with fancy pants. And brahmas. Oh, how I love the dresses they wear! Don’t even get me started on crested birds! Cream Legbars and Polish or top of my list for fun, and the Cream Legbar is a good layer to boot! One of the reasons I adore these Cuckoo Bluebars is that many of them are crested, and they make the cutest “surprised” sound when you startle them!

Chicken addiction: Pretty Cuckoo Bluebar hen chick

Pretty Cuckoo Bluebar

And so we come to the rarest of the rare, the truly hard to get. I am so tempted by hatching eggs it’s not even funny. That’s really where my chicken addiction makes me weak in the knees. The Blue Isbar and Bielefelder eggs that we carry are right up my alley, and I have been eyeing a breed from Russia that is almost impossible to get in the United States, said to be the origin of the crested and top-hat breeds: the Pavlovskaja chicken. Oh, they take my breath away! And then of course there are custom breed assortments of all kinds that combine fun with hardiness, and not knowing which breeds I would get would be like getting a Christmas gift!

I have four good excuses, four ways I feed my chicken addiction. I’ll share them with you, in case you need to convince your own significant other (or just yourself) that you need more chickens.

4 ways to validate your chicken addiction

  1. If you sell eggs locally, your eggs may sell better if you have some unique or rare egg colors!
  2. Unusual breeds can provide exciting subjects for use in local agriculture programs and petting farms. You’d be doing a good deed, right?
  3. Some breeds provide unique showing possibilities. If you don’t show your chickens, you might be able to provide some to local 4-Hers.
  4. And the best validation of all: you are keeping a rare breed alive… without YOU it might cease to exist!

There are so many neat breeds out there! Someone please, please talk me out of more chickens! (Or at least give me another good excuse, haha!) How do you validate your chicken addiction?

Yvonne November 28th, 2015

I would give my right arm to keep chickens again. For now, I live through blogs and photos.. Instagram feeds of chickens… **Dreams**

Shirley February 11th, 2016

It is so good to learn others have the same sickness. I have two incubators sitting on the shelf that, now that springtime is here I am anxious to get going. Problem is, I don’t need anymore chickens as I am down to three (couldn’t live without them) hens.
My logic is that if I hatch out a few (key word) more then, the hens will be able to brood their own which they cannot do not due to the absence of a Mr. Chicken in the group.
Do you think this will work?

Paige June 2nd, 2016

I, too, have a chicken “fetish”! My eldest daughter, pregnant with twins and hormonal, called me a wiredo today because I had a local chicken enthusiast, who got me started on this new venture, to come out and look at all the chickens I had raised from his eggs he gave me and tell me what kind they were and what color egg they laid. I started my first ever flock 6 mos ago and already have 44 chickens, not counting the well over 40 more Eggs I have ordered from MyPetChicken, 20 of which are in incubators as I type this. I live on a small farm and I find this new hobby of mine a relaxing, rewarding and mystical adventure! My secret goal is to have every type pure bred, show quality chicken and every color and new colors of eggs and breeding beautiful roosters to different hens and see what colors/attributes come out of those eggs. Hubby says this is “not happening”, but it has not stopped me from trying and dreaming.
I also have hatched over 20 mallard ducks who migrate from my backyard and pond to 2 other larger ponds across our 200 acre field. I find eggs hidden in my rose bushes and hatch them out, feed them out to adult size and turn them loose. I bought 5 incubators of different types and sizes. Yes, I am a chicka-duck-holic and may need to seek professional counseling.

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