Meet our Chickens! (and help me rename one)

The hens are here! We now have a small flock of backyard chickens thanks to my dad’s generosity. He even threw in the coop which it now serviceable again thanks to some minor repairs by Hubs. Isn’t it cute? Our neighbors like it too which is good since they also have to look at it.

Sweet T is especially enjoying raising chickens in the backyard and would be content to feed the “bok-boks” all day long.

Ok, time for introductions! Meet Rosemary the Dominicker mix and Bianca the um…yard hen. Dad told me what she was a mix of but I forgot.

And this is the chicken formerly known as Heather. I’d like to rename her since I have several friends and a family member named Heather and it’s just not working for me. What would be a good name for a black Ameraucana mix that is slightly deranged?

Yep, she’s deranged! She kept escaping at Dad’s house, screams like a banshee if you pick her up, and the other chickens peck pick on her. Dad was hoping she’d move up in the pecking order with a smaller flock, but not so. The first night, Rosemary and Bianca wouldn’t let her up in the coop to roost. She had to sleep on the ladder. And this morning when I went to collect eggs, there were only two. “Heather” had to lay her egg around lunchtime since the other two wouldn’t let her in the bucket.

I’m proud of them for laying so soon after being moved to a new home. I figured it would take them a little while to settle in, but maybe the chicken coop was familiar to them.

So let’s show Heather some love with a really awesome chicken name since she’s at the bottom of the pecking order. Leave a comment below with your suggestions and I’ll choose one this week.

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  1. You should name her Banshee! Siren? Lucy? Okay, I’m out of names 😛 I love the coop and think it’s adorable. I hope they all learn to accept each other. Just watch your little one’s fingers 😛

  2. LOL Banshee was the first thing that came to my mind too. Poor Heather, we can’t even come up with a good name for her. Hubby had chickens when we first started dating & we’ve been talking about getting some more.

    I LOVE the coop, by the way. Adorable!

  3. We’ve been debating getting chickens but it just wouldn’t work out very well with going on vacation. I also think I’d think of them as pets and get way too attached.

    How about Annie? That was Kathy Bates’ character name in Misery. She was pretty deranged.

  4. Do you remember our neighbor in Huntsville, Grace? She had an appropriate name for her hen. :)

  5. Sue Bunting says:

    How about Lucy from I love Lucy, she was a bit deranged too. And when you come home from somewhere you can say “Lucy I’m home.” LOL :)

  6. My vote is for Lucy, too! That seems to fit and it is a fun name! Let us know which name you decide on! Congrats on the new chickens and I like the new coop, too! Very cool!

  7. Patti Hess says:

    Cluckie ???? I don’t know lol just a guess

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thanks for the chance.

  8. ooh Chickens! I love your adorable coop! For some reason I always name our black chickens things like Mandy, Missy, Millie – lol! Not very helpful I know! Your daughter is going to love having chickens!

  9. Awww I want chickens but we can’t have them here.

  10. Wow. So do they just drop eggs whenever they feel like it or is it like a seasonal thing?

  11. Sweet tractor! Looks similar to ours.

  12. Sooo awesome! I so want to build a chicken coop now! Just an awesome experience too I think for kids to see how this all goes on.

  13. Our girls lay all year round (we’re in upstate NY) because we put a light out all winter. Our production doesn’t change much. We have 15 hens and get 10-12 eggs a day. As far as names? Well, we stopped naming our chickens as accidents, sicknesses, foxes, raccoons, and the like are inevitable an extra sad for the kids when they are named. The ‘survivors’ might end up being named simply because they are resilent or just lucky.

  14. They probably had those eggs ready to go, so they laid them. Whenever we bought laying hens home, they’d lay one or two and then take some time to acclimate.
    As for the vacations… Chickens are really easy to “pet sit” so it’s usually pretty easy to find a teenage neighbor or someone to come over and feed them. If you let the neighbor keep the eggs they collect it’s a pretty sweet deal!
    You can also keep them laying through winter by putting a light over their coop for 16 hours a day. It tricks them into continuing to lay.

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