Meet our two new chooks, Hilda and Helen.
We were so lucky to find someone who had two POL chooks (in case you’re not familiar with chicken talk, that stands for Point Of Lay, which means they are about to start their first laying season).
I had spent many waking hours (and many when I should have been sleeping), researching which breed would be the most suitable for us. First and foremost I was looking for a companion for Hannah Hen, so the new chooks had to be gentle, calm, able to forage, cute, brownish, smallish and have egg laying ability (in that order). But of course being new to this chook thing, I had no idea that finding POL chooks at this time of year was not going to be easy (being the middle of winter in New Zealand).
But after a few emails and a few phone calls, I was lucky enough to find two gorgeous POL Barnevelders to complete our tiny brood. They fit each one of my chook breed criteria, except possibly “smallish” as they are a heavy heritage breed but they are smallish for now until they are fully mature.
Hilda and Helen have been locked in the coop for a week and this weekend will be their first forage in the backyard, hopefully playing nicely with Hannah Hen who is currently free ranging 24×7. I hope to get all three of them to sleep in the coop at night and free range throughout the day. I hope they don’t all run away!