I currently have just two chickens, a red hen who is four or five years old, and a very pretty rooster who is about a year younger.
I've always kept my chickens confined in the chicken coop and run because of our predator problems. Last summer the remains of my flock found a hole in the fence and began free ranging. I had so much going on at the time that I didn't get around to fixing the hole and although I've lost the rest of them, these two have been on the loose ever since.
They're seldom apart, devoted to each other. The rooster waits nearby while the hen lays her almost-daily large brown egg in the goat shed. Several times a day they trek out to the front yard and forage under the bird feeder for the seed that the songbirds have kicked out. They roost at night on the bare rafters of a roofless old building.
I enjoy coming home and seeing them walking across the yard or up the driveway. Watching them follow each other around makes me smile. I'm getting chicks later this summer but these two can stay in the yard where they are happy.
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a
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