There aren't restrictions as to backyard chickens, except for the number of roosters. Mr. Pirate likes chickens. I tolerate them because Mr. Pirate likes them. In the beginning, they were something "educational for the children". Yeah, right. ::sigh::
This is our current flock ... we have 22 hens and 1 rooster. He was a mistake because the chicks we got weren't able to be sexed ... you got what you got. :-) The flock is a blend of an old flock and the new chickens. I suspect that the older hens aren't laying too much, but the younger hens make up for it. If they were all laying, we'd be getting, on average, 22 eggs a day. Oh. My. Gosh. There's just no way we could eat all those eggs! As it is, we generally speaking, get between 8-14 eggs a day. And THAT is more than we need.
Thankfully, we have neighbors who buy our excess eggs. And our daughters take some back to their apartments. Which still leaves a LOT of eggs for Mr. Pirate & myself.
When we got the newest chickies (last Spring), I knew which breeds I was getting because the feed store thoughtfully segregated the breeds. But by the time we got home, all the name tags had been removed by those stupid chickens.
Yes, I am just kidding about the name tags. :-)
|Rhode Island Red|
But, thanks to me and our Dear Daughters, we also have some ::cough:: ::cough:: "novelty" breeds: Polish, Welsummer, Lakenvelder, Barnvelder, Americauna, Marans, Orpington, Astrolorps, Black Jersey Giants.
Only a few have names at this point. When the girls were little, they were very prompt to name every single chicken because "if they don't have a name, they'll get eaten!". These days, the chickens get names as one is suggested to us.
|Golden Lakenvelder (I think)|
The black Astrolorp is an Australian breed that comes from the Orpington stock .. and sure enough, our black Astrolorp looks just like the Raptor, except it's black.
How do I tell the Orpington/Astrolorps from the Black Jersey Giants? Well, the Orpington/Astrolorps have *very* *fluffy* butts. :-)
|our broody Marans|
Our chickens have a nice chicken coop, with 6 roosting bars and a nesting box that will comfortably hold 6 hens PLUS 4 buckets (sitting on their sides) below the nest boxes to provide space for 4 more hens to lay eggs. Turns out that the hens don't care to have individual nesting places .. they prefer to 'hot bunk' a spot. Somehow they all decide that a particular spot is THE SPOT OF ALL SPOTS to lay eggs and EVERYONE wants to lay eggs there. That's why the Marans hen is able to sit on 6 eggs at a time!
|Barnvelder (I think)|
I'd like to think we have very contented chickens. Who are also very stupid. :-) :-)