Hello my name is Jody, and I live in the West Midlands in the UK.
How many chickens do you have?
4 Rescued Hens ‘Ginger, Dotty, Gladis , Evlin’ and a Cockerel ‘Freddie’
What has surprised you the most about your chickens, and what do you want to tell people out there (who don’t know chickens as a species) about chickens?
Where do I start.. I had my cockerel Freddie 4 years ago along with 2 hens who sadly passed away due to illness. I then had Freddie on his own for over a year as, it really broke my heart with the girls. Finally I decided to rescue 2 hens, Ginger & Jaz. I put the new girls in with Freddie and they attacked him. It was awful. I grabbed Freddie and took him in the house and decided he was not going back in with these new girls! I then got a new pen the same day and he’s lived in there on his own ever since in a big run and his own house. He’s happy next to his girls!
I then had to have Jaz put to sleep due to cancer. And couldn’t get my self to have anymore girls. I had Ginger on her own for a while. But now I have another 3 rescued girls who live together in a large run and house. They have been my rock, especially my cockerel Freddie. The bond we have is amazing and even for my rescued girls to trust me and let me hold them, they play in the garden together when I’m there as Mr Fox likes to visit sometimes!!
Chickens aren’t food they have feelings too, they pick up on emotions, and love spending time with you. I love watching them making their mud bath and having a dig.
My dog, cat and rabbits get on with my chickens. My cat spends a lot of time down by the chicken pens.
I never really knew how intelligent they were, they walk up to my house door and peck it to say ‘let me in’.
Freddie is always protecting his girls. Freddie calls out when he sees or hears anything that doesn’t look or sound right. I even know when to go outside and check if everything is okay with he’s noises. They love coming into the house and chasing the dog around. Sitting in the window looking at the cats, winding them up.
They even get along fine with my nephew who loves helping me feed and clean them out. Without my chooks life would be very different. I’ve had a hard time past few years, and these chooks are the reason I’m up every morning and not just because Freddie is crowing at 4:30am!
My chickens put a smile on my face and knowing I’m giving them a fantastic life makes me happy. I wouldn’t change any of them for anything. They have completely different personalities, and that’s what makes them special.
How do you know that your chickens recognise you over and above other people in their lives?
Because they are my chooks and I spend most of my time with them. When they hear me coming or hear my voice Freddie is the first one to go mad, running up and down and making noises that sets the girls off. My chickens love the fuss and they know they are in the safest place. I would never let anything or anyone harm my animals.