My love of chickens started as a young girl, with memories of me frantically chasing a mother hen around the backyard in the hope of stealing a quick hug from one of her little fluffy chicks. As I child I never did manage to catch any that way and I was constantly getting into trouble for feeding (or more accurately overfeeding) the cute little things every chance I could. Looking back, I think it was the piles of corn and rice spread far and wide that gave me away.
Fast-forward to adulthood and the realisation that our 2 year old daughter had no life experience with where eggs came from (and no sweetie, they don’t come from the shops) and she certainly hadn’t seen or held a live chick. So determined to rectify this, and after some internet research and a few phone calls, we were on our way to choosing our first three ‘girls’ – pekin bantam pullets. We were soooooo egg-cited. (I promise, this is the only chicken pun on the whole website but I stand by my belief that there had to be one. LOL).
Our hearts were stolen the moment we saw them. May I introduce to you (from left to right) Snow White, Popcorn and Lady Tremaine. My husband Arthur named the black chicken ‘Snow White’ – I refuse to take responsibility for that name 🙂
And so it began… the all consuming love of chooks! Many of you out there reading this know what I mean and many of you will soon be familiar with the grounding feeling of relaxation that only watching a chicken scratch around in the garden can bring… They are the cheapest pets you will ever own and will bring you so much joy…
In 2015 we came to the difficult decision that, as a family, we needed to downsize and take a much needed break from breeding poultry on the large scale that we have done in previous years. And with a bit of adjustment, we are very happy with our three current girls. Again, from left to right I can introduce you to Souvlaki the Silkie (owned by the Greek Husband), Princess Sparkles the Pekin Bantam (owned by the Fairy-facinated 7 year old) and Chicken Noir the Crevoceour X (owned by the French-facinated 13 year old).