I LOVE CHICKENS!!!!
They are my second favourite animal (my first being dragons). I have eight at the moment, though I hope to get more. I started off with one chicken who was a stray cockerel. We took him in and named him Harry. He turned out to be a complete psychopath but we kept him anyway. I don't know what breed he is though I'm guessing he's some kind of hybrid cross Cochin. We bought him three hens to add to the flock. Two Cuckoo Marans called Hepzibar (Hepzi) and Hippolyta, and one Buff Orpington called Hecate, who turned out to be a Pekin cross. We let our chickens free range over the whole field and one day Hippolyta was taken by a fox. Not long after that Hecate, who became my favourite, also was taken. We incubated four of Hecate's eggs and all hatched. There was two yellow chicks and two black chicks. The remaining two chickens were put in a large fox-proof pen. We then bought a Lemon Pyle Brahma and called her Bailey. Bailey lays hardly any eggs and spends a lot of her time broody. The yellow chicks turned out to be cockerels and we called them Hickory and Hemlock and the black chicks were girls and we named them Heidi and Hermwood. Hermwood was my special as she came to her name when she was called and liked her belly being rubbed. I think Heidi had some kind of brain damage as she was extremely thick. Sadly Heidi and Hermwood died of a disease and we had to separate the two younger cockerels from Harry due to being bullied. We bought the cockerels some bantam hens. Two Mille-Fleur Pekins called Piper and Blossom, and a Gold-Laced Orpington Bantam called Betty. Piper died quite soon due to being diseased when we bought her and many months later Betty died, we don't really know why. We then bought two more chickens for Hemlock and Hickory. A Partridge Orpington called Pumpkin and a Blue Partridge Brahma called Pandora (Panny). As soon as we bought Panny she was the soppiest chicken in our flock. I do this trick called the Flop Trick where I lean back with Panny on my stomach and she lies there completely relaxed. Panny also has a special chicken harness where I can walk her on the lead, I don't do it very often though. I would like to get some new hens for Harry as he only has two at the moment but my parents won't let me.