Country Living, Inspiration

The Joy of Chickens

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It’s been almost two years since we came home with seven fluffy bundles in a small cardboard box. Little did we know what a wonderful experience it would be to welcome Chickaletta, Henrietta, Apple Bloom, Cinnamon, Ariel, Midge and Rosa to our family! We were excited, for sure, but little did we know how sweet and endearing chickens could be!

Naturally, I could start by saying that we love our chickens for the wonderful bounty of eggs they supply us with, and that would be 100% true! It’s still a delight to check the nesting box each day and find a beautiful arrangement of tan and brown-hued eggs.

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But the love doesn’t stop there — the girls, as we call them, bring so much joy! Their almost-animated expressions, whimsical antics and inquisitive nature make us smile and laugh each and every day! As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, the hens might have their squabbles, but they always remain extremely loyal. If one gets separated while out foraging, she will call for her sisters, with growing intensity, until they are re-united.

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The hens greet us cheerfully each morning  — unless, of course, the weather is exceptionally cold and snowy, and with that I can completely sympathize. I love how they  answer and immediately come running to, “here, girls!”, “here, honey”, “here, chick chicks, and even “here, kitty kitty” when I’m calling our cat. When any one of us are outside, the chickens will gather around — content to spend time with us, sit next to us on a picnic blanket or follow us through the yard. They are especially delighted if we’ve brought them one of their favorite treats — oatmeal, fresh fruit or maybe a side dish of pasta.

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I love watching the chickens forage out in the yard free-range and seeing their excitement when they find something particularly wonderful! Like clock work, they will come waddling back as the sun begins to set — perhaps after spending time in the grape vines  or near the fruit trees. They are undoubtedly very full and content as they walk back to the coop like best friends, hopping onto their perch as they settle down with their soft murmurs and whistles.

And seeing their contentment, their joy in the simplicity of a warm spring day or a cool summer evening, their delight in a cluster of grapes or a bowl of oatmeal with sliced banana in turn brings me much joy!

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34 Comments

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynn! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! xoxo

      1. I did thanks dear xoxo

    1. Thank you, Sarah! 🙂

  1. So cool! Your own chickens! Lovely pictures.

    1. Thank you so much, Tammy! 🙂

  2. So sweet! Every time I start to feel settled in our house… I get a reminder that I need a farm. Love the names too! I knew Midge, but not Chickaletta (from Paw Patrol), Cinnamon & Apple Blossom too cute, and Naomi would love to name all of her pets Ariel!

    1. Lol, thanks Sadie! Yes — the girls named her Chickaletta from Paw Patrol! 😉 Apple Blossom from My Little Pony and Ariel from the Little Mermaid. 😀 Naomi is so cute!!

  3. We got chickens for the egg s, but have been surprised how much personality they each have. We love watch them play. I don’t anyone can understand if they don’t have chickens

    1. So very true — I know exactly what you mean! 🙂 Thank you so much for the follow — I’m looking forward to reading your blog!
      ~ Anna

  4. Love these posts Anna. I’m an animal lover and would have loved chickens if it were possible. Your photos are great!

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Freda! 🙂

  5. I love your chickens Anna. And the eggs make me so hungry for my own “home grown” eggs again. Big, brown ones, aren’t they? The best you can get.

    1. Thank you so much, Angie! 🙂 Yes, they’re large, brown eggs — very delicious for sure!

      1. They sounded so much better this morning Anna. A flu bug got to me during the afternoon and now I just want to pull the covers over my head and never move again. Especially since the moving is all downhill at the moment. Hope it’s just the 24 hour variety.

        1. Oh no, Angie! I’m so sorry to hear this — you’re in my prayers! Love and hugs!

  6. Such a lovely post Anna 🙂 Hugs

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynne!! Big hugs!! 🙂

  7. This post makes me wish I had some free-range chickens. Their eggs are so much better than the ubiquitous supermarket eggs.

    1. Thanks, Sheryl, and yes, I completely agree! 😉

  8. Hi Anna! I’m catching up on your posts. I love this one! And – I love the chickens and their names. Just adorable! What a treat to have the freshest of eggs from them too!

    1. Hi Roberta! I’ve been thinking of you! 🙂 I haven’t been on the blog as much this last week as we had family visit from out of state, and I also came down with a bad cold. :/ I’ve missed you, dear friend, and hope you are doing well!

      1. Thanks! I missed you too 😃 I hope you’re feeling better by now. Took a break in the Lake District in the UK. I really needed that. Apart from a bit of sightseeing and walking, I spent loads of time reading and just enjoying the countryside. It was lovely.

        1. Thank you, Roberta! I’m starting to feel better today. 😉 The Lake District sounds gorgeous — and reading in the countryside! *sigh* It sounds absolutely wonderful — I love the photos you’ve been posting! xo

  9. Wonderful post, Anna! I’m sorry I missed this one! I love hearing about their personalities!

    1. Thank you so much, dear Jasmine! 🙂

  10. Great post, Anna. My husband really wants to have chickens, and though I’m a little apprehensive, this makes me hope we do someday! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Katie! 🙂 I think you’d love chickens! 😉

  11. Farm fresh free range eggs at your door step! Fantastic!

    1. We enjoy our chickens so much! 🙂 Not only do they provide delicious eggs, they are such a sweet and fun addition to the family!

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