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When we lived in our old house with the tiny backyard, we got two little Barred Rock chicks and named them Phil and Lil. We loved Phil and Lil, and loved having them in our backyard, until the HOA sent us one of those dreaded letters. Even though the city allows home owners to keep two hens in their yard, our home owners association had a rule against livestock. After futile attempts to argue that our sweet chickies were pets, we tearfully sent them off to live with friends. I think one of the reasons we wanted to move out to the country was to raise a little flock of backyard chickens, and we were really excited when the feed store down the street put their big “We have chicks!” sign up last Spring.
We now have eight beautiful chickens in our flock! We’ve only managed to get a few of them named in the past year, but they are a delight to watch, and they lay the most lovely eggs, which taste a million times better than any store-bought eggs ever could. We have a Silver-Laced and a Gold-Laced Wyandotte who I think of as sisters. I couldn’t resist giving them sister names, so they are Miss Jane Bennet and Miss Elizabeth Bennet.
We have a pretty Speckled Sussex. She is dark brown with spots of black and white on the tips of her feathers.
We have an Ameraucana who lays those gorgeous, minty blue eggs. She has fluffy cheeks and looks like a lioness. I’m thinking we should name her Leona.
We have a Welsummer who lays really lovely, big, dark brown eggs. She has beautiful, pheasant-like coloring.
Some friends who live in our old neighborhood gave us a Black Austrolorp named Roxy late last year. She is fat and glossy black, and I’m pretty sure she rules the roost and pecks the tail feathers of everyone else.
They also gave us a Red Star named Ellie. She looks almost identical to our Rhode Island Red, but if they’re standing next to each other, you can tell them apart by their tail feathers: Ellie has white tail feathers that look like a petticoat peeking out from under her russet coat.
Our chickies got a big, new coop last summer that sits right next to our garden. When the weather is nice, we let them roam all over the yard, eating bugs and taking dust baths. When the weather is cold or rainy, they have a big, covered chicken run attached to their hen house that they can spread out in. Instead of eating bugs and weeds, we feed them vegetarian kitchen scraps and Purina® Organic Layer Poultry Feed. We love that Purina’s organic feeds contain no GMO’s, animal products, fillers, artificial preservatives, or growth hormones. Besides loving them and thinking they’re super cute, one of the reasons we wanted to have a flock of backyard chickens was because we like knowing where our food comes from and what is going into it. We love knowing that our chickens are eating good things like this organic feed, and our chickens love it too! If you’d like to try out one of Purina’s organic chicken feed products, today is your lucky day: I have two options for you! For Option 1, enter you email address in the Rafflecopter widget below and get a $5 coupon good towards any of the products in the New Purina® Organic Chicken Feed line, available at your local Purina retailer. For Option 2, use the other options in the Rafflecopter widget to enter to win a free bag of your choice of Purina® Organic Chicken Feed!
This post has been sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition, as such I received free product from Purina to share my opinion with my readers. However, my opinions are based on my individual and unique experience. Based on my experience in 2016 I believe this line of feed has been amazing for my flock and I encourage you to try it too!