Farm Animals

7 Things I’ve Learned About White Leghorn Chickens. 

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We have 6 chickens all together which are 3 different breeds in pairs, and since my mother in law didn’t buy them sexed it’s been a complete guessing game as to which are boys or girls.

When we first got them I knew exactly nothing about raising chicks. So I began asking questions and Googling like a mad woman. I had the basics of care down and all went well with that, but trying to find anything anywhere about sexing chickens was insane.

We compared size, and color, How their feet looked. Yet nothing seemed to be for certain.

The two white leghorns (which in the beginning I thought were Cornish rocks.) are definitely our favorites of the flock. They are so tame and sweet! But we’ve struggled to figure out the sex of these birds.

Here are a few important things I’ve learned about White Leghorns while searching…

  1. This breed often has larger combs whether male or female so using this method to attempt sexing early on is useless.
  2. I don’t know about all leghorns but with our two they seemed bigger than the rest at first and a bit mean, then the others passed them up in size and they mellowed out.
  3. The white leghorn rooster’s comb should stand tall while the hens tend to flop to one side. Both sexes combs can be bright red unlike other chicken breeds.
  4. The bright red color in the hens comb is said to be a sign she’s soon to begin laying!
  5. They have white ear lobes which means the hens will lay white eggs! If they are red they aren’t Leghorns and would lay brown eggs.
  6. By 5 months you should easily be able to tell the hens from the roos by their feathers. Roosters will have larger pointy hackle feathers (the feathers around the neck) and have curling of the tail feathers and also saddle feathers coming down over the back sides which also should be thin and pointy instead of rounded at the end.
  7. I could really see myself keeping one as a pet and becoming a crazy chicken lady for the rest of my life!

In the Wild

When some are lost…

Today I was reminded of the most uncomfortable moments in life, when your heart is breaking in two and there isn’t a thing in the world you could do to change it.

We’ve had robins nesting in the corner of our shed for weeks, and they had been feeding the baby/ies for a good while now, that is until today when it was all ruined by a huge rat snake who slithered up to the top and ate a whole baby head first!

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This was so hurtful to see especially watching the parents fly back and forth trying to do anything they could to get rid of the snake yet nothing is exactly what they could do.

Nothing.

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I can’t help but think of the times when I myself was feeling the exact same way, mainly when I lost my grandmother to a “medical mishap”. I found myself painfully wanting to do something… anything I could to help her. To make her better. To chase away the death that was coming for her. But in the end as with the robins, nothing is all I could do.

Nothing. At all.

Just to sit and watch while she was slowly taken away from me. And cry just like the robins today.

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I’ve had other similar experiences to this having had two miscarriages… The empty feelings of what would have been yet never on this earth would be, my babies. So small yet loved as if they’d already been born.

I know that feeling, too well.

I know birds are just birds right? and this is the circle of life, but it just makes you hurt for them still and to want to help them even though you can’t. I guess the good lesson for our son is to see and know this… That while it’s a sad situation life will and must go on. God made everything in perfect balance. Some are lost but others are gained. Everything takes care of everything in the most perfect way that He planned. In the wild yes but for people it’s still hard to understand the reason why…

Why do we have to lose family? God only knows. But for the animal kingdom there is a purpose, to feed and be fed. To survive. Instinctively.

A sad post for today but a bit of a good funny to end… We have been allowing our chickens to free range in the yard and the garbage man came and ran back to his truck cause he was afraid of our guard flock! I laughed so hard at that even though I didn’t get to see it for myself. My husband had to go out so they’d come to him and the guy finally picked up the garbage. Still wish I coulda seen it myself! Poor guy running from 6 little chickens. Our two Rhode Island Reds are a bit intimidating but it’s still pretty funny to picture a grown man running from chickens. I’m glad I had something to make up for a sad beginning to our day. Gotta thank God for little things.

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The scoop on the coop: A Busy May Update

We have a lot going on this month, school is almost out for the summer and will be out for good for my husband’s daughter Kaitlyn. It really seems like she was just five years old and now she’s graduating high school! We have both kids awards days to attend along with a shower and wedding which I’m not sure we will be able to make it to. Oh and graduation dinner! Either way it’s way more on my plate than I’m use to event wise. So I’m squeezing in an update here because I don’t think I will get much else accomplished this month. 

The scoop on the coop: 

Our chickens have been outside for a few days now. At first I felt all worried like I was their mother hen or something. But they are doing so great and I’ve found that their favorite snacks are wild strawberries! My two favorites are the barred rocks they are very sweet birds. And the two brown which I believe are Rhode Island Reds are really mean and peck a lot! I hope they will calm down as they mature. 

 I’m not 100% sure on the sexes but it does seem like we have one rooster which I’ve named Elvis. If he turns out to be a girl it will surprise me since he has the largest comb and wattle!

This is Elvis right before we moved them outside. 

Here are a few pics of our temporary coop!

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A Special Delivery!


We had been talking about making the title design for our blog with a chicken, I was bummed at the thought though because we didn’t even have chickens yet, then this evening my son and husband came home from the bus stop with a small box that made little peeping sounds!!! Six tiny baby chicks are now going to be apart of our family!

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They were gifted to us by my Mother and Father in law, who are wanting to help us get started. We are going into this with basically no experience but thank the Lord for the Internet and advice from family and friends. I’m so excited to finally get started with animal keeping! I have loved farm animals since I was a little girl. I use to have stickers of cow, sheep, and chickens and loved playing Harvest Moon on Gameboy, which was about the closest I’ve come to keeping animals, besides a cat or dog. It does make me nervous not knowing what I’m doing but at the same time it’s also exciting and I hope to work toward more animals in the next few years, but for now, our plans are raising chickens and a hog. We also have two black ducklings coming! I’m not exactly sure why my husband wanted them, but I think we will love having them around here either way!

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I have no clue what kind of chicks these are so if anyone knows please leave me a comment! This is what the box said…

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I read that straight run means un-sexed 50/50 chance hen or rooster so I guess we will have to wait and see! Either way, they are here and we love them already!

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