You are about to enjoy a backyard poultry album like never before. Have you ever found yourself asking the question, do the chickens come with the house?
Those were the very words from our mouths as we looked at the chickens roaming around the back yard of my daughter's prospective new home. We asked the question fully expecting a negative response.
Imagine our surprise when the answer turned out yes.
So when it came decision time for their new home, this was the home for them. It was then that my daughter decided to learn how to care for and raise chickens.
Come embark on this journey with us.
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In this backyard poultry album you'll see it isn't all a bed of roses.
This is a picture of a beautiful fancy hen. She is part of the third year of chickens for my daughter.
This one was her favorite and she even gave her a name. But her destiny was short lived sad to say.
It took a little research to see why this hen seemed to be acting funny.
She pranced around the yard as if looking for something. She managed to stay away from the rest of the flock for long periods of time.
It turned out that she was brooding. This meant she would soon bring her own flock on board. Sweet!
It wasn't long before those chicks arrived.
Here you can see them close to momma's side.
They remain in sight of mom until she is confident they can find a safe place to hide on their own.
Sometimes you could glimpse one or two straying behind, but never for very long.
As the baby chicks grow it's time to teach them how to eat on their own.
Mom and babies ate first.
Then once they were done the rest of the flock would pour in to fill their own tummies.
These two young hens are part of the third round of chickens.
They were hatched in an incubator in my daughter's home.
There were a few bumps in the road with hatching chickens at home. But there were successes too.
Here we have a nice little mating dance going on.
Of course, there isn't a whole lot of dancing necessary.
Those hens know what they need to keep the flock going.
And the roosters don't seem to mind providing what it takes.
As in most of the animal kingdom, males are the fancy ones.
Birds especially have more colorful and fluffy feathers.
Notice how the rooster in this backyard poultry album has such a huge and flowing tail.
Here's another rooster who seems to be admiring his own shadow.
I don't blame him. I'd admire my own shadow too if I had such a lovely coat on my back.
This guy is the one who seemed determined to be in charge. But he wasn't the biggest of the roosters.
Notice how these baby chicks are looking off into the field?
It seems as if they are waiting patiently as momma finishes her feeding time.
Whatever the reason they don't seem to have a lot of interest in the food in front of them.
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