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Past Family Members

Dottie Speckles

We had to rehome her this past Winter 2012. You can read about her journey here. We are lucky that she lives close. In her new home, despite plenty of space, she remains bossy and mean, so most other chickens just try and avoid her. Yet, she is appreciated and loved for her beauty and eggs. She also loves human contact and interaction. So far, the only chicken that she allows to boss her around is the rooster at her new home.

Meesha was a lavender Silkie Bantam who we first got in back in the Fall of 2010.  She was added to the flock with Dolly and Autumn to help alleviate the stress on the rest of the hens from Chocolate.  Meesha went broody in February of 2011.  She remained broody until the end of April 2011, when we decided to intervene.  Despite our best intentions and attempts to stop her from being broody, we had to rehome her.  We feared that she was going to die if she continued on her broody course.  We rehomed her to a friend's farm in the next town over.  We are happy to say that she is recovering nicely there and is no longer broody.....for now.

Chocolate was my beloved surprise rooster.  He was a black Silkie Bantam who I had to rehome because he did not like my four year old daughter.  Despite numerous attempts, we decided, as a family, that it was best for all of us.  He was a very sweet boy who was supposed to be a girl according to the hatchery.  He was tender and sweet to me.  He enjoyed nuzzling in my neck and smelling my hair.  He was a strong protector of his flock and is also the father of 7 little chicks that we hatched this past Spring in 2011.  Chocolate is Fifi's father. Chocolate also helped to play a huge role in my advocating to responsibly keep backyard roosters in the Town of Barnstable.  He is an extremely symbolic rooster that became famous over a town's debate.  I miss him terribly and there is not a day that goes past that I do not think I hear his beautiful crow or hear his sniffing in my ear.  He touched my heart.  He was my special boy.

 Percy Peepers
Percy Peepers was born with our recent brood of chicks.  She was handicapped at birth and despite our best efforts, we were unable to provide her with a cure.  As she and the others grew, we quickly realized that we would not be able to provide for her needs.  We rehomed her at a wonderful farm sanctuary about an hour and a half away.  She lived there until she passed peacefully.  Her life was a short 3 months but the lessons we learned from her will last our lifetime.  She is now at the Rainbow Bridge.

Peanut was our first buff Silkie Bantam that again, was supposed to be a female.  He was a sweet little boy in the beginning but as time passed, we soon realized that he was going to be aggressive toward anything or anyone that went into his home.  We rehomed him at 10 weeks to a farm off Cape Cod.  To this day, I still think of him from time to time.


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  2. I think so too, she must have been a mix. The breeder where I purchased her from said she was a lavender. Her head was mostly black, but her body was grayish. I miss that little girl!

  3. It was very sad about Percy... do you know what exactly happened?

  4. Hi Outside the Box, Here is the link about little Percy Peepers. I still think about her so very much!

  5. Tilly looks like the Queen of the flock she is very pretty.

  6. Hi there, I've been following your blog for a few weeks now,and i love it. I'm fairly new to raising chicks and chickens and I'm in need of your advise.Currently we have 4 girls and 3 roosters (all bantams) just last night 4 of our eggs hatched, we now have 4 chicks and possibly more now,But that isn't the problem.The "middle" rooster as we call him, is a lovely boy however he has turned a bit nasty,Two weeks ago we had a fox attack the flock for the first time and sadly one of our hens was killed and another died from shock over night, this has caused the numbers to be all uneven,and the pecking order has all changed (3 broody hens and 1 who Earl our main rooster wont let leave his side) This hasn't stopped the cheeky middle rooster, he has resorted to getting with our broody hens and i don't know how to put a stop too far Ive separated him from the flock, especially since he is also pecking at our hatching eggs.
    what do i do??
    p.s.Im sorry to hear about chocolate,hes gorgeous!as are all of them :)

  7. I am so sorry to hear that things are not working out. It is usually recommended that there are seven hens for each roo you have. I might suggest you reevaluating your flock and seeing what makes the most sense. You might need to rehome some so that the numbers of roos are less and the hens are more.


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