Friday, June 23, 2017

Henny Penny and Her Friends

I'm posting a few more photos from last weekend out at our son's family's home in central Minnesota, where we stayed after the graduation party for our granddaughter. It was lovely, and of course I had to see the chickens.

I can tell that they are quite fond of these chickens.

The chickens, Buff Orpingtons and Silver Laced Wyandottes, have a really nice chicken hotel (some would call it a coop) and a two-part run, one part with hardware cloth over the grass so that the chickens can't destroy the roots of the grass. Isn't that smart! Yeah, I thought so. Here's our grandson feeding them bites of his sugar cookie. They were pretty happy about that. Actually, I requested it so that the hens would turn towards the camera.

Our son chose these breeds because of their cold-weather hardiness, their egg production, and their nice temperament.

I wonder if the Orpingtons are jealous of the Silver Laced Wyandotte's beautiful feathers.

 Two of the grandsons tending to Jazzie during the graduation party

Panting (left) and Thinking (right)

This was a drive-by shot that I took on the way home, and would have been so much better had that sweet little spruce not been in the way. It looks like the old windmill has been turned into an antenna tower.

Have a great weekend, everyone! It's raining like crazy here, and I'm actually wearing a jacket in the house.



I like summertime better!
and I bet those chickens do too!

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Deb said...

I enjoyed seeing your 'grand' chickens, Judy. They look happy and well cared for.

Sylvia said...

Good Morning, Judy. Loved your photo's of the chickens. I also love the barn and silo.
Have a nice weekend.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the chickens, they are so pretty! I also love the drive by barn.

podso said...

The chickens are just beautiful. I never really thought of chickens as that good looking until non-farmering people started having them as egg-producing pets. Maybe they bathe them often? Anyway, they all look good!

Aritha said...

Beautiful colors have your chickens. I the village where I grew up there where also nice chickens: The Barnevelder. Do you know them? It's a Dutch breed of domestic chicken. It resulted from cross-breeding between local Dutch chickens and various "Shanghai" birds imported from Asia.

Mrs.T said...

I think the Orpingtons are beautiful as well ... more golden than buff. And I always love your photos of barns. I thought this one very lovely even with the spruce tree in the photo.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Very nice chickens at your son's, Judy. Such healthy, happy hens. I'm sure they are enjoying some great dishes with the beautiful eggs. Fresh eggs are by far superior to grocery store eggs. Have a great weekend. ♥

Empty Nester said...

Love the pictures. The chickens are fantastic. I often worry about the animal kingdom who live up in the frozen tundra area of the country. :) I'm glad to know there are chickens who can weather Ha! Those grandkids live in what looks like a wonderful place to grow up.

Sandi said...

Lovely. If peace were a place...


Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Adorable shots of the kids and their chickens! :)

Michelle said...

chickens + barns + family = perfection

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

There are some attractive chickens and some that lay colourful eggs. I had thought I'd like a couple until I read and reviewed a book about gardening with chickens. Sure they'll eat slugs but everything else too and dig up your prized plants.
I'll continue to support the farm on the next line. lol

Vee said...

Now that explained a few things about the breeds my niece has. She also has Orpingtons and Wyandottes and I really like visiting them because they seem to love having me show up with the watermelon rinds, celery, and odd bits of salad. Always nice to be welcomed. I'm sending over a couple of stalks of rhubarb leaves! Chickens really are pretty. I knew that my niece liked her chickens a lot when she took one to the vet, which we all know costs a small fortune.

My favorite photo today is of "the panter" and "the thinker"...too cute! Hope your weather situation improves. I first heard from my ND blogging friend about the chilly air and now you. I figure it's headed this way. =\

Tanna said...

I'm with you and the hens, summer over winter. ;) They are beautiful chickens! Love the family photos, too! Especially the panter and the thinker. We could use a little puff of your cooler air. The tropical storm pushed the rains in for us... but, only makes it like a steam room. Ha! Have a good weekend, Judy. blessings ~ tanna

This N That said...

Lovely pictures..Beautiful country..Love the Chickens..Do they free range them at sll??
I prefer winter ;)..So does Mollie...We don't like the heat..Hope you are having a good weekend..

Cheryl said...

Actually, your weather sounds good to me today! (Have I mentioned that I'm not a big fan of summer? But then, I don't live in Wisconsin.)

I love the chickens! It looks like they are well cared for. They're pretty girls!

MadSnapper said...

they are really pretty chickens and I like their hotel/coop. you can tell your grandchildren your blog friend lived in a converted chicken cook for the first 8 years of my life. a little bigger than their hotel but not by much. minus chickens of course... until I started blogging I did not know that chickens will eat anything and everything and they even kill and eat spiders. they also eat rats that the cats kill. I saw that on a blog with my own eyes. who knew. I thought they only ate corn. beautiful photo of the barn..

ellen b. said...

Thanks for the explanation of the chickens. We are at our son's home right now and they are down to one chicken. They'll have to buy a new group for the future. Something has been killing off the chickens one by one.

Susie said...

Judy, My daughter has chickens like these, both kinds. They give family and friends eggs all the time. :) It is nice to share the eggs, as no one family could eat them all. LOL I love the picture of your grandson and his dog. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Theresa said...

Makes me think of my childhood, good memories, beautiful:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Mama Hen said...

Oh my goodness I LOVE these pictures! Little Chick asks if she could have chickens all the time! I LOVE the first picture! So adorable. I hope you are having a wonderful summer! :-)

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such wonderful pictures of family, pretty chickens and the beautiful old barnyard! I had bantams when I was young - 'Buff Cochins' that look similar to these. I had 3 of them and they would roost on my pony's back every night. Love the photo of 'A boy and his dog'. So cute! xx Karen

Karen said...

That was a fun day seeing the chickens. I loved feeding grandma's chickens!

Debbie said...

beautiful chickens - they seem well cared for and have a wonderful home. awesome photos of the chickens and that gorgeous barn!!


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