My Tiny Brood of Backyard Chooks

chooks, hens or chickens?

Did I find a new home for my rooster and hen chicks?


A few weeks ago, my husband told me that the roosters were waking him up too early and that they had to go. That was the deal when we agreed to hatch chickens but I wasn’t quite ready for them to go.  I guess I would never be quite ready.

I have loved being part of the chicken hatching process.
I have loved watching the mother hen protect her babies.
I have loved watching the chicks grow.
I have loved watching how the chicks coped with the mean Helen Hen.
I have loved watching the chicks first free range outing
I have loved (and horrified at the same time) watching mother hen abandon her chicks.
I have loved watching the chicks become part of the main brood.
I have loved hearing the roosters crow.
I have loved watching the chicks making their decision of when to sleep with the big girls.
I have loved watching the girls mature.

But nevertheless, two weeks ago I advertised my chicks on Trademe website, which is New Zealand’s equivalent to Ebay. I advertised them as two pair, Howie and Harry Hen-Boys, and Hedvig and Harriett Hen-Chicks. I would keep Hazel Hen-Chick (with the curled toe).

Neither of the pairs sold that first week so I took this as a sign that they should stay with me , but my husband had other ideas. So the chicks were relisted on Trademe for one more week. We agreed if they didn’t sell that week, I would “get rid” of the roosters the following weekend and keep the girls until they started to lay.

At the end of that second week on Trademe, both pairs of chicks sold. Huge mixed emotions!

But after meeting the people who bought them, I couldn’t have been happier. I couldn’t have chosen a better home for my chicks. They will be loved and they are all together. I decided that because the four chicks were going to the one home, I felt it was nicer for Hazel Hen-Chick  to go with her brothers and sisters.

And I had the most amazing surprise the day before the chicks left for their new home. Two of the girls laid their first egg for me. What a generous gift.

14 thoughts on “Did I find a new home for my rooster and hen chicks?

  1. That’s fantastic sleepinghorse. I’m so pleased they are ALL going to have a happy ending. Of course you’ll soon be missing them and thinking about your next hatching!

  2. The house will feel empty next time I come to visit!

  3. So glad it all worked out so well!

  4. Bittersweet, for sure. But it’s so nice to have all of their stories and photos to remember them.

  5. I think those two girls were showing their appreciation for all the loving care they received from you.

  6. I’m going to miss Hazel – my 4th favourite chicken in the world – but I think you made the right decision. Hooray they found a good home!

    • Thanks for your support. Also the new owners will love her as much as I did. They said they were going to send me some settling in photos so I’ll post them once I get them.

  7. It’s been a week since the chicks have gone, have the remaining girls been wondering where the rest have gone?

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