My Tiny Brood of Backyard Chooks

chooks, hens or chickens?

About

My husband (let’s call him Haitch) and I moved from Auckland city to a small lifestyle block in Kaukapakapa (New Zealand) about 4 years ago.

Haitch is a dog person and I am a cat person and where we live there are quail who visit with their babies, lots of native tuis, wood pigeons and fantails and so we decided that neither of us would have a pet due to the potential impact to these wonderful birds who lived here before we did.

So we have remained petless until a month ago when a tiny chook turned up and made herself a home at our place. We now have a pet who poses no threat to the native population (except perhaps the wetas). And that is just the beginning. I haves copied the first post of my blog here so that you can see where this led.

MY TINY BROOD OF BACKYARD CHOOKS
Well, I don’t actually have a brood yet. I have one chook. But then again, I am not even sure if I actually have her. She turned up at our place a few weeks ago and made herself at home in our garden. Well, I think she has made her home here. She appears every day from the same area of the garden and when she has finished foraging on the lawn, she wanders back down to the same place and loses herself in the shrubs and grass cover.

Maybe she is just visiting from a neighbouring property. Maybe she just comes up here to get away from the other chooks. Maybe she is the lowest in the pecking order and she comes here for some respite. But then again, the nearest neighbour is at the bottom of a steep hill and she would have to transverse among the compact native regrowth to get up here. I think she is a bit short and heavy to be doing that every day.

I prefer to think that she has chosen to live here.

It is winter in New Zealand at the moment and I feel sorry for her being out in the cold and the rain.  So we have decided to buy her a coop to keep her warm and safe at night and of course she will remain a free range forager by day.

So how does one chook make a brood? Well it doesn’t. And when we bought the coop, of course we got one that can hold four to six chooks. So I am currently looking online trying to decide which breed of chook will make up the rest of my tiny brood.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Like you I love animals but can’t justify keeping a pet that will have a negative impact on the native fauna. In March I got 3 chooks and I haven’t looked back. They are turning out to be great little pets. Not as affectionate as dogs or cats, but they do acknowledge my presence and come running to greet me (or at least any food I might offer) and I find it a wonderful balance. I think you’re really onto something with your 3 girls.

  2. I love your blog and I appreciate you reading and interacting with mine!! I’ve therefore nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!!

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  3. Your posts and chooks make me laugh endlessly, and keep me cheerful and happy! I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Here’s the link to the post: http://allthosesmallthings.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/feels-like-an-oscar-nomination/

    Much love! x

  4. Hi, thanks for commenting on my chickens’ colorful eggs. I got a little chuckle when you worried about your hen being in the cold (glad you got a coop anyway). Chickens are really hardy birds, some breeds more than others. I’m from Minnesota, USA and my small flock live in an unheated coop in the winter. On most winter days they are outside on the coop’s south wall scratching in the hay.

    And I completely agree with you about cats, dogs, and native wildlife. I have a cat and dog but both live indoors (my cat is sleeping on my lap as I type). My dog goes for walks with me almost daily but only on a leash. I think my cat and dog are much better off this way than running loose and so are the many birds and small animals that live around here.

    Best of luck to you and your chickens.

  5. Thank you for following my blog. I like your cover photo.

  6. When we lived on 20 acres we had ten chooks and they provided the family with plenty of eggs and much entertainment. Our border collie used to round up the chooks to put them in their enclosure if we were going away during the day. The chooks used to go back in the enclosure on their own when we were at home.
    Unfortunately over the years we lost a few chooks to the foxes but I guess that’s life. We are now on a village block so we don’t have chooks and our dog has passed away. We will not replace the dog or the chooks as we are now retired and like to travel.
    As a result of having chooks when our children were little our children now own chooks of their own.

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