Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In the Buff(Orpington)

My dream of raising chickens has become a reality! Although not at the most ideal time, as we are moving in two weeks and right now the chickens reside on my back porch. My sweet friend Ida ordered 25 layers from the awesome McMurray hatchery and we split them. I ended up with 10 hens and 2 roosters. I'm not even positive what breed they are, but I think they are Buff Orpintons which is quite a lovely name, don't you think? Not sure what I'll do with the roosters, but I have become rather attached one rooster in particular. He has such an attitude and I love him. In case you didn't know chickens grow quite quickly. They are only seven weeks old and starting to get their combs and feather out nicely. They aren't so very cute at this stage in the game, I lovingly refer to them as my akward teenage chickens right now.

Ephraim and Marley seem to be most excited about them. We took them all outside today as it is sunny and beautiful. They were all so awesome scratching and pecking and eating bugs. Ephraim likes to show who's boss. He's quite adept and picking them up gently, although it did take a number of lessons to get the "gentle" part down.


Here's my rooster! Can't you just see the attitude oozing out of him?
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6 comments:

Kristen said...

where are you moving?

Dean and Ida said...

Awesome pics! Yes they are Buff Orpingtons. ;-)

Laura Call said...

Oh how neat! I bet the kids are getting a kick out of them. We had a rooster when I was a kid and this brings back fond memories of that.

aaron&marianne said...

oh my girls have requested that we come back over and over so they can help with the chickens again and to be sprayed with water by townsend- thanks for the other night and have fun on your getaway!

Lisa Manners said...

You will love Buff Orpingtons...They are very friendly and docile and great with kids. Seth had ours trained to sit down when he went out to feed/water them, they would just sit down and let him pet them. They are a good all-purpose bird,good for eggs and meat.

jamey r said...

they are really very lovely! moving?