The Tale of Three Chickies

I wanted a backyard farm for decades, but we were always moving around because of my husband’s career.  Soon as we settled somewhere that we could have them, he went down and bought me this little coop.


And I ordered ten female chicks.  Ten.  Yes.  Ten.  According to my research, at least two would die for no obvious reasons and at least one would turn out to be a rooster.  A cat would probably get another and one little peeper might drown in the waterer.  Since we live in a neighborhood, we can only have hens.  The rooster would go live with Grandma on the ol’ homestead.  That was the plan.

All the chicks lived and they were all girls.

We can have a total of five hens in our backyard, so I packed five hens off to the ol’ homestead.  That left us with five very healthy little egg-laying machines who pooed like crazy and desperately wanted to free-range everywhere!  We sent two of those to Grandma’s also.  And that left us with three.


Stella, the Welsummer, who lays dark-brown, speckled eggs,


Anna, the Americauna, who lays fat, pale green eggs.  Love the funky roof on their new run?  It’s a work in progress.


and Elsa, who doesn’t look it but is, in fact, also an Americauna.  She lays long, skinny pale green eggs.

These three stayed with Grandma for the summer while we were traveling around in our new RV.  We missed them.  It’s funny how pet chickens can unglue a kid from electronics to go play in the backyard!


This is Anna’s egg.  Isn’t it pretty?  Can’t tell how green it is from the photo, sorry.  If I need to do some crazy-baking, I buy a dozen eggs from the grocery story.  Otherwise, three egg-laying hens is just right for our family of six.  The yolks are so orange and rich.  You’ll never want to eat store-bought eggs when you have pets who make your breakfast like ours do!

Next time I need to buy chicks, I’ll just buy five though.  Not ten.  Unless my mother needs new pet hens too.  🙂

Unless you live in the boonies, you’ll need to check your local laws and neighborhood rules on keeping chickens.  If they’re not allowed, find some other crazy-chicken-people and lobby to change the rules.  Sometimes, you only need to educate your community on the benefits of these birdies.


Here is my favorite chicken and backyard farming site-

Okay, just heard another hen announce she’s just laid another egg.  Gotta go.  I’m having this one for lunch, with sweet potatoes. 😉


Storey Publishing

I don’t play favorites when it comes to publishers of fiction, because of all the trends and such.  But, when it comes to backyard farming, Storey Publishing is my go-to source.  I have read so many of their books!aa27a325a99ff3bdc5733f2d8ea3c07f-600x0-c-default

Storey books always have concise information and excellent pictures, which is important for a visual thinker like me.


Another backyard farmer brought up an excellent point this past week.  Too few of our children and grandchildren possess the skills necessary to feed themselves without the use of a grocery store, cafeteria, or fast food restaurant.  They get the basics of plants and animal growth out of school textbooks, but that is not enough.  Our great-grandparents survived world wars, pandemics, and financial depressions because they did possess these skills.  No matter how hard we try to make the world a better place, things can get ugly.  Knowing how to garden and raise laying hens would mean a lot.