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Meet Our Backyard Chickens!

Meet our flock of backyard chickens!

This post was created in partnership with Purina® Organic Poultry Feed.

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.

Meet our flock of backyard chickens!

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.

Meet our flock of backyard chickens!

We have a pretty Speckled Sussex. She is dark brown with spots of black and white on the tips of her feathers.

Meet our flock of backyard chickens!

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.

Meet our flock of backyard chickens!

We have a Welsummer who lays really lovely, big, dark brown eggs. She has beautiful, pheasant-like coloring.

Meet our flock of backyard chickens!

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.

Meet our flock of backyard chickens!

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.

Meet our flock of backyard chickens!

Meet our flock of backyard chickens!

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!

Meet our flock of backyard chickens!

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23 thoughts on “Meet Our Backyard Chickens!

  1. I love our girls! I love seeing others that raise chickens and have only the best for them, and you definitely have happy, healthy hens! I have Silver Laced Wyandottes, New Hampshire Reds, Barred Rocks, Cochins, and several little mixed breed bantams. I’m also working on raising Blue Laced Red Wyandottes; and I’m so excited to get these! I’m fixing to build a new coop to house all of my “girls and boys”. 🙂 I’ve fed Purina for years too and have been very pleased with the results. Good luck to all.

  2. Your gals are beautiful! We love our backyard chickens, too. Pets that give you food are the best kind of pets, right? We doubled our flock to 16 this year so we will see how that goes! Thanks for sharing.

  3. So fun!!! Wynodettes are great! We love or black australorp. My kids love the green eggs from our Americana too. Silky Bantams are really fun to have as kefir pet chickens, they like to be held and aren’t intimidating to kids. So excited for you and your new flock and the coop is beautiful!!

    1. We too have a mixture of large and small. Our Wyandottes and Bantams have been raised up together, and the bantams think they are just as “big” as the others. They all run up to us when we go outside because they’ve been spoiled with mealworms haha. We went to purchase more worms the other day, only to be told that there is a shortage? If you really want to have chickens all over you when you sit down outside, go get some mealworms. 🙂

  4. What beautiful pets, Melissa! Until recently we had 2 chicken pets… a Rhode Island Red called Pobrecita (‘poor little thing’) and a Silky cross called Cheepy. Unfortunately Pobrecita died last week so we are looking for a new one. Your beautiful photos and story have inspired me to get a companion for Cheepy asap!

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