Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Chicken Trip


Holler - /noun/  a small valley between two hills  

A homesteading gentleman, who works with my husband, offered up a few chickens and thus spurred the chicken tractor project.  In order to get to his farm, we had to travel into a holler.  

We thought we had missed their farm and stopped to ask for directions from a neighboring farmer.  He wasn't sure who we were talking about until we mentioned they have ten children.  Then, he laughed and knew exactly who we were talking about.  


When we arrived there were two different coop areas with a lot of beautiful chickens.   We picked up four, for the time being, with more to come this week.  





They made the trip in a dog kennel.  

The chicken transfer.  


They know a fine accommodation when they see it.  



They settled down and clucked softly on the way home.  





Then, I took this terrible picture at dusk while I was crawling around in the grass, combat style.

Anything to try and get a picture, you know.


44 comments:

  1. They look like a buff orpington cross that I had once, should be good laying hens by the look of them. Maybe you need a chicken cam.

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    1. I think the chicken cam is a great idea! I mentioned this to my husband, who in turn rolled his eyes.

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  2. Nice hens. You'll enjoy having them. Chickens are actually quite entertaining :-).

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  3. They are beautiful. Love the pictures.

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  4. now the fun begins.....can't wait to hear all the chicken stories...

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  5. Beautiful chickens.. they look like perhaps a golden comet? I just brought home chicks, two of which are comets. Their "adult" picture looks very much like yours. They are good laying hens.

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  6. What on earth is a holler? And those chickens are beautiful. So here's my question….you and I both teach (22 years here), as does my husband….so how do you find time for chickens and bees? I want both, but I am afraid I won't be able to find time to care properly.

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  7. They are so beautiful...can picture your photo pose :-)

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  8. Around here there is that allure of chickens. I've never bought into though.

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  9. I love hens. So sweet. Ours used to follow me around and keep me company when working in the yard. They loved it when I was weeding. Lots of fresh bugs!

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  10. I'm sure you'll enjoy your chickens…and, of course, eggs! Chickens have been allowed in the city limits here for the past three years. It was a big controversy at the time. But, now, it's not an issue. Those who have them are good about being good neighbors and taking proper care of their hens. Love the comment about the combat-style shot -- paints such an image, which I'm all too familiar with! Hope you're having a pleasant Sunday.

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  11. Fresh eggs just in time for Easter... :-) I've yet to try combat style!!!

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  12. Gorgeous new hens! How old are they? We got ours as young pullets so it took a while for them to begin laying. Buff Orpingtons? Good hens! What other breeds are you going to get? You will love your own fresh eggs! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. These are just a year old and have produced eggs and haven't been here for even 24 hours yet.

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  13. Like a snake in the grass, you mean? Yikes! ;-)

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  14. Hey, congrats on your chicken acquisition! I just can't get Sall talked into getting more new ones here. We are babying 3 very old ones, when they are gone he says he's done taking care of chickens. They are so entertaining and useful, you will love them (and they are great photography subjects) you'll be belly crawling a lot!! Ha. Have a great day.

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  15. Oh how fun! What a classy coop, too! I'm jealous!

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  16. LOVE them! I've been trying (unsuccessfully I might add) to get my husband to let me get a few hens... sigh...

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  17. Afternoon Michelle, the chicks are so pretty love the coop too, Blessings Francine.

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  18. What pretty chickens! I hope they'll be very happy at your house.

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  19. I agree, they are pretty chickens. How lovely to have your own.

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  20. My daughter and you are on the same page. They had a chicken coop built and about three weeks ago began adding chickens. I got a recent photo from her of the first eggs. The chickens must be acclimating themselves to the new place.

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  21. Loving the barn in the holler !
    Those are some fine looking chickens .

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  22. I wish them a happy new life at their new home:)

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  23. It's such a contented sound, the clucking of chickens. They look beautiful birds, too.

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  24. I bet the chickens will be happy at their new home.

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  25. What gorgeous chickens...and 10 children...oh my goodness! Enjoy your week!

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  26. The chickens are beautiful. I have thought about getting them off and on...have absolutely no experience with them. Maybe I can learn more from you.

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  27. What a delightful story and what a delightful life you are living!! How do you do it all??!!
    Jemma

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  28. Chicken transfer? It sound like a new kind of banking transaction... Love your new guests: they are really gorgeous! (for what I know...)

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  29. oh love your read and pictures. awesome.

    Hubby and I raised chickens when kids were teen age.. What a hoot. I learned fast what thieves comes to the hen house.

    A skunk . I looked out onto the drive way ine morning. he was rolling an egg from the hen house right under the fence and then back again.

    Had a fox. Had rats one morning as i put hand in to gather an egg.

    I sort of had bad experience that way but the eggs were delicious and pleanty. Our Roosters did fight. Our chickens were not Madonnas like yours. maybe

    that is why. yours have more control who comes into her parlors.

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  30. The first picture is fabulous. I wish I had that same degree of competence in photography.

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  31. been there, done that....it kinda adds to the fun of things!! i enjoyed your images!!

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  32. Holler sounds so romantic, so southern, so 10 children and a bunch of chickens. Which may not be all that romantic, but still. Love that first picture.

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  33. Hi Michelle, I'm very familiar with the word Holler and had to smile when you posted about it. It brings back many memories in my younger years to KY and TN to see family (which most are gone now). We were in the Holler there~~~LOVE your chickens......please keep us posted! Easter Blessings~~~Roxie

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  34. Looking forward to more fowl stories in months to come and I onky say this in rhe kindest way, Michelle. The new chicks are lovely ladies (?)

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  35. Sweet little chickens...they look happy in their grassy home. xo Karen

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  36. I don't have any chickens, but they are fascinating to watch.

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