It is hard to believe that their story began just this last February.  To be honest, I have been fascinated with their progress and eagerly awaiting the day when our patience would be rewarded.  

Of course, I am talking about the newest residents of Double S Farms…Ramona, Flo, Lucy and Effie. 


It seems like just yesterday that a box arrived in the mail for my sister, Chicken Farmer.

 
I was almost as excited as she was and they weren’t even my chickens.
 
 Aren’t they the cutest balls of fluff?
During our weekly dinners at Double S Farms, we would all look forward to seeing how quickly they were growing.
 Ramona, Lucy, Effie and Flo

As we got to know them better, each of their personalities became more defined and we enjoyed watching their antics.
For example, did you know that chickens like macaroni and cheese?  Especially when it has fallen to the ground from a child’s dinner plate.
They enjoy playing in Little & Littlest Farmer’s sandbox.
They love raiding the vegetable garden and eating the watermelon, until my mother, Pastor Farmer put an end to that 😉  They are now banned from entering the vegetable garden.
 Ramona standing guard to the entrance to the chicken yard.

Their mornings are spent foraging by the fruit trees and along the foundation of the house, hoping to find some juicy insects.
 Flo, hoping that dinner is served outside, so she can sneak some bits that fall to the ground.

Later in the afternoon, they head for the chicken yard and stand underneath the misters, which help to cool them off.
Littlest Farmer and Effie
I know that it isn’t a good idea to play favorites, but admittedly, Effie is our favorite chicken (but we don’t let the others know this because it might hurt their feelings).  She loves people and even lets the boys pet her.  Once she crawled next to Chicken Farmer and laid her head in her lap and promptly fell asleep.
What’s not to love?  Now, Effie may not win any beauty contests, but she has such a sweet personality that it is easy to fall in love with her.
The chickens are all close friends and as evening falls, they venture into their coop without being told and settle upon their roost for a good night’s sleep.
Now as much as we have all enjoyed my sister’s chickens, we have been patiently (okay, impatiently) waiting for them to begin laying eggs.  My sister had put plastic Easter eggs in the nesting boxes hoping the chickens would get the hint about where to lay their eggs.

Well, a few weeks ago, she went outside and guess what she found?


Okay, hopefully you can tell the plastic egg from the real one on the left.  Isn’t it pretty?
In the last couple of weeks all four are now laying and last Thursday, my mother sent home a special surprise for my kids who love eggs….
Effie and Lucy lay the blue/green eggs and Ramona and Flo lay the brown eggs.
 Of course, I had only minutes to take this picture before the kids had me making eggs for their after school snack.
They were delicious….
*Please don’t tell the “girls” but before this experience my only thoughts about chickens were how I was going to cook them for dinner and how many eggs I would need to bake with.  Who knew that chickens could be so interesting?

You can see more of Double S Farms by visiting my sister’s blog Finley and Oliver.

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

18 replies
  1. Becca
    Becca says:

    This is such a neat post! I've never really been around chickens, but the chicks are so cute, and I can't imagine one like Effie getting on your lap, so cute! The eggs are beautiful. How wonderful to live somewhere to experience something like raising chickens!

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  2. Curbstone Valley Farm
    Curbstone Valley Farm says:

    Chickens are a hoot to have around. Chicken Farmer's girls are adorable. How fun that the girls are now laying eggs! I agree, gardening with chickens is challenging, so keeping them out of the vegetable garden is very wise. We have about 3-4 more weeks to go before our young girls will be laying eggs. We can't wait!

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  3. Ami
    Ami says:

    How fun to see those little babies growing up and now laying eggs! I bet those fresh eggs taste so delicious that store-bought eggs just can not beat!

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  4. Rosey
    Rosey says:

    I think the chickens are just as cute as the chicks.
    What a neat story….I am so glad I stopped by to read it.
    I like the multi colored eggs. I bet they were good.

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  5. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    How cool and those eggs look great. I never knew chickens could have different personalities until we had these feral chickens coming around for food. One, creatively named "Brown hen" was the most sociable, and would allow you to pet her etc. When the feral cats had kittens she used to "baby sit" them when their parents wanted a break! She and the grown up kittens, (which we tamed and adopted) would eat from the same bowl.

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  6. Edith Hope
    Edith Hope says:

    Dear Noelle, How amazing that you have 'chicken post'!! I could scarcely believe that they had arrived with the postman. And how beautiful they are.

    Keeping chicken is quite challenging but their antics are amusing and they have such varied personalities. There is nothing to compare with a freshly laid egg!!

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  7. FlowerLady
    FlowerLady says:

    This was a fun and interesting post, thoroughly enjoyed by me as I sit here with a smile plastered to my face.

    Enjoy your chicken family members and their wonderful gifts. Those are lovely eggs.

    The wait was worth it.

    FlowerLady

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  8. Carol
    Carol says:

    Noelle, What a fun post! I love seeing almost the entire life cycle … from arrival to lovely eggs. I wish I could have chickens too. They do create a perfect food. Adorable how Effie takes a nap in your sister's lap!;>))

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  9. Teresa O
    Teresa O says:

    This was such a fun read, Noelle. When it comes to eggs there is nothing like a fresh egg for breakfast. The yolk stands so tall and the white doesn't spread all over the skillet. I've never heard of a chicken that would lay her head in a lap and sleep…that's so adorable. My sister and her farmer hubby have chickens, too. I'm definitely going to tell her this one!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  10. Evelyn
    Evelyn says:

    Nice post. Mom had chickens when I was little. There was a favourite which she played with every afternoon. One day she decided the batch of chickens have had their time. So one by one, they became dinner. When it was the turn of her favourite, Mom was really sad. She cooked it anyway, but did not eat it…

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