The first additions to our flock came as a birthday present from my father-in-law in 2015. I received four Gold Laced Cochins and two Black Cochins. They lived at his farm house for the first couple weeks as we got the finishing touches done on the coop.
Next to come were my two Sizzles. I fell in love with the pair when we were at my first Odds and Unusual Sale in Millet this past Spring. I hadn’t even heard of these sales, but I am hooked now. There was everything you could think of. Rabbits, chickens, fowl, sheep, ducks, geese and even goats. This one poor fella was tied to a lead and being drug around the arena floor by a couple of children. I dont know who was more strong willed, the goat refusing to walk or the little boy at the end of the halter rope tugging him along.
The final additions to the flock I found on one of my trusted chicken pages on Facebook. A lady was looking to get rid of some of her Spring hatch and so we welcomed eight more Sizzle/Frizzle/Silkie mixes to the bunch.
With sixteen chickens now under our coop roof, we were ready to begin our journey into poultry raising!
Spring 2016 we decided to try something new and purchased chicks as day olds. We found eight little Polish and six Copper Maran chicks. We lost three of the Polish to a variety of beak deformities including Scissor beak and and elongated top beak. Everyone else has grown up strong and big and they now share an open area in the enclosure with our big girls. The littles, as we refer to them for now, inhabit what we like to call the Polish Pickup Palace Coop.
This Spring of 2017, we again purchased a group of Littles who we raised in the Pickup Palace. They are Ameracaunas and Olive Eggers (Ameracauna mixed with Copper Marans). Out of the thirteen chicks we brought home, eight ended up being roosters and headed to freezer camp. We have our first little blue and green eggs coming from the Littles already. Oh how I love the colourful egg basket we have now!
Meet the Group:
Our Gold and Black Cochin “Big Mammas”
This handsome fella is my main man Albert, after Albert Einstein obviously! Albert is the inspiration behind our wine labels, Mad Albert. He did make the move to a new farm last summer but we will always remember this little bundle with his big personality.
Her name was Pea, until I found out she’s actually a Rooster. We now refer to him as The Rooster Formerly Known as Pea. RIP to my nasty little rooster. You made a lovely beer can chicken.
This is my favourite little hen, who we call “Little Black Hen”. She and her sister are very similar. But this little bundle is full of beans! Plain Jane was thrown in as a freebie when we picked up an assortment of Sizzle/Frizzles. She was our first egg layer and is very friendly. She greets you at the gate door and jumps for treats. On the left we have our third, yes third, rooster of the group. His name is Mr. Shitty and he has since been rehomed! Our white Sizzle hen Pearl is on the right.
Next we have our group of “Littles” we purchased in the Spring of 2016 and raised from day olds.
From left to right we have our little Polish rooster Pierce (who now lives at my father-in-law’s), one of our white hens Opal, then Bonnie and lastly Norris. Norris has a twin sister Twink, who has messed up toes (Twinkle Toes).
Our little Copper Marans are no longer so little. We said goodbye to our big rooster George this summer as we made room for our new group of chicks.
Our new littles from 2017 are no longer little fluff balls!