MPC Folks and Their Flocks of Chickens November 18, 2016

Whether you are new to My Pet Chicken, new to chickens, a chicken breeder, or an old pro, you’re probably very interested to learn about the flocks of other people as soon as you hear someone say they have chickens. Flock of chickens, you say? Tell me more!

Sometimes people ask me what I have because they want to compare flocks, and other times they ask me because they want an idea of what breeds I have and why I chose them. All chicken people eventually have this conversation with someone, and most of the MPC crew has this conversation daily!

For those who know us or want to get to know us, you can tell a lot about each of us by the flocks we keep. Here is your chance to meet MPC employees and their flocks that can tell you a lot about them!

I’ll start us off on this journey through the lives of the MPC family, and their feathered friends:


Shannon’s Flock of Chickens

I’m Shannon from North Carolina and I currently have a flock of 17 chickens. We keep ducks as well. Our chickens don’t free range as we seem to have a serious coyote problem.

My birds range in age (1 year to 9 years old) as I add a few every year. Occasionally we keep a rescue, hatch our own birds or buy directly from MPC. However, we do trade birds sometimes and rehome birds that just never seem to fit into the flock dynamics. We need to keep the peace.

Currently we have one rooster, a splash Olive Egger named Pongo, and a mix of bantams and standard breeds. Cochins are our absolute favorites. I fall for birds with fuzzy feet every time. The rest are a mix of silkies, cochins (standard and bantam), Olive Eggers,  Cuckoo Bluebar, Lavender Orpington, Welsummer and Black Copper Marans. We of course don’t stop with chickens. We keep ducks, a bunny, cats and our bird loving dog, Porsche.

Porsche protects her chicks

Porsche protects her chicks


 

Julie’s Flock of Chickens

I’m Julie and I have 5 chickens in my flock (but will be adding more as soon as I can!). I have…

…two Plymouth Barred Rocks, an Olive Egger, an Ameraucana, and a Black Copper Marans. My Barred Rocks were part of my original flock, but now I like to choose breeds based on egg color. My favorite chicken would be one of my Barred Rocks, Big Mama. She started my chicken journey with me and loves to take naps on my lap!


Robin’s Flock of Chickens

I’m Robin, I currently have 17 chickens — half of them roos!  They are from our “Fun and Funky” group, and hatched out a few months ago.  My absolute favorite is Apple Blossom, a visually challenged Ameriflower, and her side kick, Dawn Mist.  They live in their own coop (our Clubhouse) on my back deck.  We enjoy watching them bond together, and their interactions with the other animals on our mini-farm.


Jordana’s Flock of Chickens

Jordana's White Easter Egger

Jordana’s Pure White Easter Egger Hen

I’m Jordana and a total chickenista! I love the range of color, traits and personality that chickens come in, not just the lovely eggs. Our eastern NC flock has more chickens than I dare count, but its somewhere in the 40-50 ballpark and consists of cochins, brahmas, blue laced red wyandottes, buff polish, easter eggers, Swedish flower hens, silver cuckoo marans, salmon faverolles, lavender orpingtons and an australorp.

Over the years I have owned nearly all of the common breeds and a few of the rare. My favorites are heavy breeds that don’t mind staying where I put them (and out of the garden!) who are friendly and personable. The cochins are an absolute favorite with their cute little “bloomers” and are always the center of discussion. Our oldest hen is a white easter egger by the name of Captain Munch who is 4 years old. She is the best momma there is and will even adopt chicks that are 4 weeks old, goslings and ducklings too!



Cassandra’s Flock of Chickens

I’m Cass and I live in North Texas where I have several flocks of chickens, numbering anywhere close to 60. I have 8 coops (and counting), 1 garage brooder and 3 indoor chick brooders, as well as 3 incubators.

My husband and I are collectors and NPIP certified breeders of Icelandic chickens, Svart Hona, BBS Isbars, Blue Ameraucana, Ayam Cemani, Orust, Olandsk Dwarf, Black Copper and Blue Marans, Jubilee Orpingtons and your run of the mill Easter & Olive Eggers. I have 1 ‘Golden Comet’ and 1 Barred Rock left from my original flock, they are my old cranky ladies. I only free range my flock of Icelandic chickens (strains from all four imported lines and straight from David Grote). We are currently running a few projects including Fibro Easter Eggers and our own form of Swedish Blue Hens. We like to play around with genes a lot so if any one has any questions and Alex isn’t available, I can definitely try to help to the best of my knowledge!

Fun fact: Apart from my chicken obsession, I’ve also raised more than 110 baby barn owls at my Wildlife Rescue in the last year. I will share photos of those later. 🙂

 


Judi’s Flock of Chickens

I’m Judi and I got my first chickens when I got my first horse about 34 years ago but it wasn’t until I retired in 2010 that I really got into chickens BIG TIME!

At the current time, I have the following breeds:  Tolbunt Polish (my personal favorites!), Salmon Faverolles, Gold Laced Polish, Buff Laced Polish, Silver Laced Polish, Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Blue and Black Copper Marans, Partridge Cochins, Buff Brahmas, Blue Splash Marans, and Seramas, the world’s smallest chicken.  I have about seven or eight odd roosters in with 20-25 assorted hens.  I call that group my General Population, and they are my egg layers.  I have been NPIP certified and AI clean for 4+ years also.

I also have a pair of Black Shouldered Blue Indigo Peacocks, a Bourbon Red male turkey named Turkey Boy, and a mixed turkey hen that he’s anxious to meet up close and personal.  I also have a flock of guinea hens, 2 Peking Ducks, plus 2 other ducks, about 13 assorted geese, and 2 Egyptian Geese.  I don’t want to forget my 2 Thoroughbred geldings and my 3 pot bellied pigs, Ella, Peppa, and Miss Pickles.

I like regular large fowl breeds—the bigger the better.   I incubate in my laundry room, and I have 5 brooders that the chicks move through as they grown, until they are big enough to go outside in the peacock pen, and then they are moved to the breeding pens or General Population.  There is nothing so calming as spending time out at the barn and working with all my babies. Lots of them have names, and my best ever favorite rooster name was “Cluck Norris.”

[Editor’s Note: That may be my favorite rooster name, now, too! -Ll]


Deb’s Flock of Chickens

I’m Deb and I live in Mississippi.  I have seven hens (Easter Eggers, Black Copper Marans, and a Cochin) and five Seramas.  We initially selected chickens for the egg colors and got the Seramas for their tiny size.  We don’t get a lot of eggs but, the ones we do get are gorgeous.

Also… Serama babies. You have to love them.

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LOOOOOOK how tiny!!!!!


Lauren’s Flock of Chickens

I’m Lauren and I’m a chick-aholic. We currently have 31 in our flock; we’ve got 30 hens and are down to one rooster who was the only one hatched out in our coop. His name is Uno.

Our breeds include: Silkies, Polish, Easter Eggers, Speckled Sussex, Cochins, Seramas, Orpingtons, Brahmas, Jersey Giants, Marans, Wyandottes, Barnevelder, Leghorn and Australorps. We originally started with three Easter Eggers for my little girl. They were docile and we loved the idea of getting colored eggs. I would have to say that my favorite is my Buff Silkie though name Beaker. She loves to follow me around and come in the house to get treats.

Lauren's Silkie

Lauren’s Silkie


Les’s Flock of Chickens

I’m Les and I’m an addict, chicken addict that is. We currently have 27 chickens of which 6 are roosters. That’s too many roos! Does anyone want a couple?

I’ve raised chickens most of my life. I grew up on a farm in Oregon. My wife is from the Dominican Republic where everyone has chickens. Our flock fluctuates from 20 to 30 chickens and is made up of Easter Eggers, Wyandottes, Orpingtons, Marans, Rocks, Silkies, Cochins, a few d’Uccles and various crosses. Most came from MPC except those which were hatched here, no telling what sort of mix they’ll end up being. We have them mainly so that we can have healthy eggs, and of course we love them as pets.

 


Jason’s Flock of Chickens

Hey there!  I’m Jason up here in Massachusetts.  I’ve had chickens about 5 years now, and have a small flock of (currently!) 7 chickens.  I say currently because chicken math is a real thing, people!  Every week my finger hovers over that “over hatch” list, just itching to order! I have all different breeds (and yes, all but one are from My Pet Chicken!) and I mostly set out to get a few fresh eggs and see some variety running around my back yard.  I have a White Crested Black Polish, Buff Brahma Bantam, Golden Laced Wyandotte (who just showed up in the yard one day and refused to leave), Easter Egger, Speckled Sussex, Welsummer, and a teeny tiny little Bantam Easter Egger that rules the roost!  Really, she’s almost the size of a quail.  She and the Wyandotte, the biggest and the smallest, are besties and always range off together.

Jason's picture ready Polish

Jason’s picture ready Polish

I already have my list together for my next order, and I’m waiting for the Spring dates to be announced just like all of you!

Forest’s Flock of Chickens

Hi there, I’m Forest and live in Connecticut. I currently have over 25 chickens. The breeds I have are Buff Orpington, Chocolate Orpington, Svart Hona, Ameraucana, Golden Buff, Favaucana, Polish, Australorp, Cream Legbar, Ameriflower, and Blue Sex Links.

I like a well-rounded flock so I chose my breeds based on personality, egg laying ability, color, and rate. I love a colorful flock and a colorful egg basket. My favorite chickens are my Splash Ameraucana—she is a total cuddle bug and often comes to work with me and my Svart Hona, there is something just magical about her and the breed. I like to give all my chickens names and I usually let the different children in my life pick out chicken names.

Forest's Sweet Pippi Svart Hona

Forest’s Sweet Svart Hona, Pippi


Christina’s Flock of Chickens

Christina's Gorgeous Flock

Christina’s Gorgeous Flock

I’m Christina from Western Pennsylvania. I’ve been hovering around 35 in my mixed flock- all from My Pet Chicken. I used to add breeds in pairs, but realized quickly that doubling chicken math is not a sustainable practice.

I’m currently keeping a Black Australorp, Double-Laced Barnevelder, Buff and Light Brahma, Buckeye, Delaware, Silver Gray Dorking, Exchequer Leghorn, Light Brown Leghorn, Black Copper Marans, Blue Copper Marana, Blue Splash Marans, Golden Cuckoo Marans, Silver Cuckoo Marans, Blue Orpington, Buff Orpington, and Lavender Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock, Partridge Plymouth Rock, White Plymouth Rock, Welsummer, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Easter Egger, Blue Easter Egger, Olive Egger, and Super Blue Egg Layer… but who’s keeping track?

I’m looking forward to adding some Chocolate Orpingtons and Ameriflowers in the near future! My Buff Chantecler rooster was a surprise, but is the most charming fellow I’ve met. He spends his days dancing and showing off for his girls, all while keeping a watchful eye for their safety.

Early on, it was my intention to stick with heritage breeds. I’ve since come to realize the value of designer hybrids, bred for temperament rather than working toward a physical breed standard. Personality goes a long way in building a fun and interesting backyard flock. I definitely look forward to seeing how my flock evolves over time.

I love having a variety of birds in different shapes, colors, and patterns. I enjoy being able to watch all their chicken drama unfold from my breakfast table and it helps to know who’s who from a distance. I adore the wonderful variety of egg colors that my girls provide, but I had enough eggs 20 chickens ago. It’s obviously all about the birds at this point!


Amy’s Flock of Chickens

Greetings from Connecticut! I’m Amy and I tell customers that you never know where your love of chickens might take you! I started off with 12 heritage breeds in 2013 and now my husband and I own a farm that specializes in selling pullets for backyard flocks and non-GMO, pasture-raised eggs. We currently have over 300 birds and I love caring for them, reintroducing heritage breeds, and helping people establish their own backyard flocks.

There are so many different personalities and characteristics to choose from. Some of my favorites are Orpingtons, for their affectionate personalities and beauty, and Leghorns because they are both intrepid and tremendous layers. I also have a real soft spot for my boys (about 12 at the moment). Roosters can get such a bad rap, but they too can be very sweet when they are handled from a young age.

I have experience with just about every breed in my flock and just adore the variety… especially in egg color. When I collect eggs every day for my customers it is like a bouquet. Raising chickens is tremendously rewarding experience and I cannot recommend enough giving it a try! Peace, love and chickens!

Amy and her Gorgeous Orpington

Amy and her Gorgeous Orpington

 


Tim’s Flock of Chickens

Hi – I’m Tim and I own chickens… 13 of them, all different breeds.  If it were up to me, I’d get “boring” breeds who just lay a whole bunch of eggs, but alas, I am married!  And she can’t stop her creative self, so we have Splash and White Silkies, Silver Laced and White Crested Blue Polish, Lavender and Buff Orpington, Mottled Cochin Bantam, Buff Brahma Bantam, Partridge Cochin, Blue Cochin, Speckled Sussex, Barred Plymouth Rock, and Australorp.

Partly functional and partly pretty to look at.  Kind of like my marriage!


Traci’s Flock of Chickens

Traci's flock sticking together.

Traci’s flock sticking together.

I’m Traci, currently have around 30 chickens! We have a veritable Noah’s Ark of breeds, including all of the newest from My Pet Chicken, like Cuckoo Bluebars, Super Blue Eggers, Olive Eggers, Blue Favaucanas, Blue Easter Eggers, and plenty of other rare and unusual breeds.

We test out new breeds before they hit the market for personality, egg laying, hardiness and beauty. We like every breed, but if we had to pick just one, it would be the good old Easter Egger! They’re friendly, super hardy in all temperatures, they come in a variety of colors and patterns, and they lay like rock stars! Ours have even laid eggs at up to seven years old.

Here’s a partial list of the varieties we have in our chicken flock:

  • Super Blue Eggers
  • Assorted Olive Eggers
  • White Cochins
  • White Jersey Giant
  • Welsummer Bantam
  • Easter Egger Bantams
  • Barred Plymouth Rocks
  • Blue Favaucanas
  • Salmon Favaucanas
  • Black Copper Marans
  • Blue Copper Marans
  • Easter Eggers
  • Egyptian Fayoumi
  • Buff Orpington
  • Cuckoo Bluebars
  • Black Sumatra
  • Several mutts

Karen’s Flock of Chickens

I’m Karen and I refuse to count my chickens because when my husband asks, “How many chickens do you have out there!?!?” I can truthfully answer, “I’m not sure, dear.”

When I first started keeping chickens I wanted a variety of egg colors and a variety of birds, but my flock has evolved over the years.

Right now, I have mostly Frizzled Easter Eggers, Crested Cream Legbars, Seramas and one devious Silkie girl. When my tricky little Silkie went broody (over and over) I bought her some Polish, Orpington, Brahma, Fayoumi, Leghorn, Spitzhauben, Red Star and Marans chicks from MPC to get some variety from the predominantly green eggs I’ve been getting.


Lissa’s Flock of Chickens

Lissa here! I used to have a much larger flock, and it hovered for years between 20 and 30. It has dwindled right now to about 10.  I have Salmon Favaucanas, Black Copper Marans, an Easter Egger, several silkie crosses, and a Welsummer.

When I had 30 birds, it was hard to find enough room in my fridge to store the eggs. Really, 30 chickens was WAY too many eggs for two people… but I am a victim of Chicken Math, too.

My flock of chickens includes pumpkins? Salmon Favaucana chicken in a row of pumpkins

One of these things is not like the others, hahaha. My molting Favaucana, Henrietta, is trying to hide amongst some pumpkins from the garden.

I’m not really sure what I’m waiting for in terms of adding some new birds to the flock. I think it’s just that I want to order sexed chicks rather than hatch my own as I have been, because I’m tired of having to rehome extra roosters. But I can’t make up my mind. I’m torn between the Speckled Sussex that I loved so much–but they have boring brown eggs–and Favaucanas that are significantly more expensive (but have lovely sage green eggs) and some more Wellies. Also some random Easter Eggers. And…

My husband loves the chickens, too, but I do think he’s relieved that we’re not so overrun with eggs as we were. Plus, our water situation made it complicated to have a larger flock (we don’t have potable water in our house). Since I work from home, it always fell on my husband to drive the extra eggs into town and hand them off to co-workers!


Mary Ann’s flock of chickens

Mary Ann's feathered friends

Mary Ann’s feathered friends

Hi. I’m Mary Ann and currently have a small flock, but wish I could keep more!  I’ve previously kept a flock of about 20-25 adult chickens, which seemed to be a great number for me, but after moving to a new state and a home with a much smaller yard I can’t keep more than about 6.

My current flock of 6 hens was chosen, with personality, beauty, and egg color in mind, so that my 6 hens lay 5 differently colored eggs.  The 6 hens currently providing me with beautiful eggs are a Lavender Orpington, Barred Plymouth Rock, Black Copper Marans, Blue Copper Marans, a Cream Legbar and an Easter Egger.


 

As you can see, you’ve met not only the wonderful members of My Pet Chicken, but their feathery friends who bring joy to us and our jobs. We hope you found this enlightening in your search for your new flock, or as an eye opener for the birds you are yet to give a try! MPC offers many of these wonderful breeds as Hatching Eggs, Chick Packs™, or chicks —and remember 2017 chicks are ready to be reserved now!

Do you have plans for your new flock or to extend your flock now you’ve seen so many breeds in our flocks?

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