Mitch brought home our first chickens about 13 years ago, along with Craig the Duck.
I remember having an assortment of chickens when I was pregnant with Johnathan (11 yeas ago.)
And we had Pete the Rooster and a nice handful of Rhode Island Red hens for quite a few years, pictured here with Lilly when she was almost two, 7 years ago.
We raised broiler chicks one year. (We decided once was enough of that.)
We also raised pigs for five or six years earlier in the millennium.
We've had guinea hens. And many ducks.
For her fifth birthday, Lilly got four ducklings.
(that story and more photos here)
But for some years now, our chicken coop has been empty.
I've sometimes thought that it's a shame to have a nice coop not being used.
But there's this complex I have.. and it has to do with trends.
You see, when we had chickens before, it was still far from trendy. (Mentioned here, handy if you're interested in getting to know a bit about our family.)
Chickens were just a rural thing, found on farms mostly. People laughed at us.
Then it got popular.. like an actual urban and suburban trend. Which are things I shy from.
Did you know there are more chickens in the world than there are humans? A complex, I tell you.
While I debated this conundrum- the waste of an empty coop and the rebellion of trends- my sister's family had jumped into hobby farming, and have been
supplying us with farm fresh eggs by the dozens for the past year (a wonderful source!) They also incubated & hatched out a boatload of chicks this spring.
Lilly's birthday was this past week, and over the weekend they asked if she would be interested in some chicks for her birthday.
Boy, was she ever!
So - here it is, our same garden shed & coop, a little more weathered & in need of some upkeep. (We built ours about a decade before Pinterest and all the super cute coop ideas became readily available. It needs some freshening up.)
And nine-year-old Lilly, with her chickens.
Here is Lucy.
And Scarlett. They are both sweet Buff Orpingtons.
Then we have two chicks that came from my nephew's little banty hen, Gracias.
They are Chiquita, the littlest one.
And little Bandita.. She's a beauty!
The kids have parked their camp stools in the chicken coop and have been spending HOURS doting on these little chickens, from sun up to sun down. They might end up the most socialized chickens ever. When Lilly sits down, they all four hop on her lap. And even on her head. She has started wearing a hat.
They are entirely smitten with having critters in the old coop once again.
Trend or no trend, it's all good.