Chicken Chat



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In the last blog post, I did not write much about the observed behavior of chickens. What little I know from observation I will describe in this entry. I took this photo because it is a great example of pecking order within a flock of chickens. Chickens do not form friendships, they form flocks; which give rise to pecking orders and depending on the strength and durability of the chicken, sometimes death. Initially, the flock will ‘beat up’ on each other by “pecking” at each other to establish a leader, and an order from top chicken to lowest chicken. This is a great example of how the pecking order is a continuous flow of leader vs. lower flock members. Neither bird in this face-off is the leader of my flock of chickens, or at the top of the pecking order. Alas, that does not mean they do not try to ‘move up’ in the order. These two Welsummer hens were in the middle of a face-off when I took this photo. Eventually, the one on the left pecked the one on the right right on top of the head, and immediately, the pecking order was either rearranged, or stayed the same. I do not know the exact order of birds in this flock, as I have not paid as much attention as I should (guilty). However, I am currently trying to determine the flock leader.

If there was a rooster as part of this flock of chickens, then he would technically be the flock leader. However, I do not keep roosters because we live too close to the neighbors on one side of our property.


I believe if I had to choose a leader right now, I would bet that she is the leader (above). I am not 100% certain. However, I have not seen other chickens peck her, and she is always first to the food at the coop, gets first dibs at treats, and last into the coop at night if they are on free range time in the evening. Her feathers are always tidy, never out of place, and she is the cleanest of the whole flock.


This is one of the three Welsummer chickens that I own. Welsummers are the most familiar chicken to Americans who do not own chickens, or even know that there are different breeds. The Rooster on the front of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes is a Welsummer Rooster. Popular among chicken keepers, as they are generally quiet, keep well in confined spaces, and lay a darker egg with brown speckles.

More photos of chickens being chickens.

Chickens are omnivores like Humans (and their prehistoric ancestors). They will eat a variety of both vegetables and protein (even chicken!). They are also good for the garden, as they will naturally rid the garden of pests, and provide good fertilizer.

Chickens eating weed

Egg Colors

Egg Reflection

Depending on the breed, you will get a variety of different colored eggs, on the outside that is. The first egg in this photo is a blue green color from an Easter Egger.

Chicken Hobbyist

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I truly haven’t picked up my camera in years, as I am not, nor will I ever be, a photographer. I also have neglected this page that I genuinely thought I would dedicate more time to keeping.

On a side note, I teach Special Education. Thus, my life is consumed by the world of education and all of its glories and failures.

Yesterday, I dusted off my camera and went out to take some photos of my chickens. It’s the middle of the winter here in the Pacific North West. Thus, very green and mostly cloudy, with a deluge of rain on the side. I admit, I’ve taken better photos in the past, but given it’s been on a shelf for years, this will do. Hope you enjoy a little slice of my hobby.

These are the first chickens I have raised from the time they were chicks. I admit, I probably would have had an easier time had I just bought them as pullets (older juvenile chickens), but I decided I would test the theory of raising chicks of my own for once. It was well worth the time, effort, and money. They grow very fast, as you can see. They are 5 months in these photos.DSC_0085DSC_0103

We built the coop about 4 years ago. At that point, we only had four chickens.DSC_0207

Currently, we have 10 chickens in a variety of breeds.

Breeds Left to Right: (Light Brahma, Easter Egger, Buff Orpington, Buff Brahma, Welsummer)
Easter Egger (Front) Welsummer (Back)
Buff Brahma (uncertainty about the origin of the Breed, chicken experts believe it originated in Asia.)
Light Brahma

Before raising chickens, I never knew there were so many breeds to choose from depending on what you are looking to get out of them (e.g. some people use them for exhibition, eggs, and meat). Included in these photos are shots of my cats as well. I am so rusty, that I wanted to take photos of them first just to make sure my damn camera still worked.

Speckled Sussex

I suppose I will need to use my camera more often. I’m no expert, and will never claim to be.

Creating an Urban Chicken Coop


We are building an “urban” chicken coop in our back yard in order to have fresh eggs. Beginning with a frame. It took a whole day just to lay the bottom frame. It also was unusually hot for the Kitsap Peninsula.

Day 2:
Coop Frame Part 1


Part 2:
Finished frame, with coating of stain and galvanized steel mesh.




The Evolution of My Cherry Blossom

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Looking up into my magnificent Cherry Blossom Tree.
Playing with the back round lighting on elements.
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Just budding…

The Evolution of My Cherry Blossum

A Pacific Northwest Spring Phenomenon. No matter how cold, warm, etc. it is. My Cherry Blossom blooms without fail every spring at about the end of March. Just spectacular! I decided I would document it’s progress. Here are some photos of the first stages of it’s magnificence and glory.